Winter-Related Car Vandalism Spikes on Seaverns Avenue

The side view mirror of this car was snapped off, likely by a plow truck, while the vehicle was parked on Havana Street in Roslindale on Feb. 8, 2015.

Chris Helms

The side view mirror of this car was snapped off, likely by a plow truck, while the vehicle was parked on Havana Street in Roslindale on Feb. 8, 2015.

Boston Police said they’re sending extra patrols around the Seaverns Avenue area, were there has been a cluster of reports of vandalism likely arising from disputes over parking.

That’s one of the takeaways from Thursday’s monthly police-community meeting. Police this week issued a community alert about car vandalism. Officers fleshed out those concerns at Thursday’s meeting, held at Curtis Hall Community Center.

In February, police have seen a rise in incidents like windshield wipers being snapped, rear view mirrors being broken off and cars being scraped. Some of the incidents may be accidents while others arise from parking disputes.

On Creighton Street in February, there was at least one confirmed report of tires being slashed or deflated in a parking dispute.

Other items from Thursday’s meeting, which few people attended:

The 9 Porter St. home that burned on Sunday has been boarded up by crews from the city’s Inspectional Services Department and Suffolk County Community Program.

Capt. Alfredo Andres, who commands the police district that includes Jamaica Plain, spoke about the killing of Kenneth Lamour and subsequent mayhem that took place on Centre Street between Murray Circle and the Monument. As Jamaica Plain News has already reported, two arrests have been made. Andres gave “kudos to the neighborhood” and said there was “incredible help from the neighbors. A lot of people saw a lot of things and reported it to us.” Andres said that isn’t always the case in other sections of Boston where people don’t cooperate with cops and “don’t tell what they know or see.”