ADVISORY: CPD Shares Information about Housebreaks in Mid-Cambridge & Riverside Neighborhoods

The Cambridge Police Department has identified an ongoing pattern of housebreaks in the Mid-Cambridge & Riverside neighborhoods.

Most of these housebreaks are occurring in the area of Broadway, Harvard Street, Franklin Street, and Massachusetts Avenue.  This series has grown to over 20 incidents since October 7th, with the majority of breaks occurring in first floor apartments.  In some cases, access has been gained via fire escapes and by pushing in window air conditioning units.  Police suggest removing AC units that are no longer in use and/or securing them in place to prevent access.

In a high percentage of these incidents the point of entry has been through an open or unlocked rear window between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.  Laptops and electronics are the primary target; however jewelry, credit/debit cards, and checkbooks have also been stolen.

CPD will be deploying additional resources to affected areas to help prevent these crimes, and residents can find more detailed information about housebreaks and other issues in the October edition of BridgeStat, located at

To help prevent these crimes, and to avoid becoming a victim, please remember to follow these simple tips to protect your residence and your belongings:

  • ALWAYS lock your doors and windows. Doors should be made from strong wood or metal and should be locked with a deadbolt. Install guards on windows that prevent them from being raised more than a few inches.
  • Try “casing” your own home, at night and during the day. Attempt to gain access to your home when the doors and windows are locked and “secure.” Make sure you have some identification on you in case your neighbors call the police.
  • Leave a light on (perhaps on a timer) when you go away, even for the evening. Leave a television or radio on as well.
  • Be vigilant. If you suspect suspicious activity around your home, your neighbors’ homes, or in your neighborhood, please report it to the police immediately by calling 9-1-1.
  • Request a Residential Security Survey from the Cambridge Police Department, which provides a general assessment of the vulnerability of your residence. For more information, please call (617) 349-3236.

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