Peeping toms plaguing Favre Street residents

By 
Tayla Holman, Special to the Reporter
Jun. 28, 2012

Several Favre Street residents raised concerns about people looking into their windows at the Cummins Valley Neighborhood Association meeting Monday evening.

Laura Saunders said she has filed several reports with the B-3 police district, but the peepers keep coming back. Saunders said the suspects usually come into her or her neighbors’ yards Monday to Thursday between 1 and 3 a.m., using empty blue recycling bins to try and peek in the houses.

“I haven’t seen any signs of them actually trying to break in,” she said, “but across the street my neighbor had them shaking her air conditioner, and they took something and tried to cut the screen.”

Saunders said she and other residents have bought cameras and have the suspects, who often come in pairs, caught on tape. The neighbors have also put up lights and “no trespassing” signs and plan to form a crime watch.

Officer George Finch of E-18 told Saunders she and her neighbors were on the right track to stopping the peeping toms.

“You’re doing exactly what you should,” he said. “You’re letting all your neighbors know, and you’re being obvious putting all those lights out there.”

Other than keeping recycling bins as far away from the windows as possible and calling 911 if a peeper is spotted in the neighborhood, Officer Finch warned residents to be aware of their air conditioners as possible entry points.

“This time of year, make sure that your windows are secure,” he said. “We take reports for a number of breaking and enterings just because they push those things in. It’s an easy entrance into your house, so spread that to your neighbors.”

Officer Finch also assured Saunders that any crime watch she and her neighbors formed would become part of the CVNA, which is also part of two or three other groups on the side of Cummins Highway that falls into the E-18 district.

Corey Allen, an organizer for CVNA and Greenfield Road resident, said he would talk to City Councillor Rob Consalvo and touch base with E-18 and B-3 to “reach out to the larger community up and down Cummins Highway.”

Allen also iterated Officer Finch’s advice to keep spreading the word about what was happening and urged residents to get to know their neighbors if they don’t already.

“My philosophy is ‘give it a shot,” he said.

The Cummins Valley Neighborhood Association meets the third Monday of the month at the Mattahunt Community Center, 100 Hebron St., Mattapan. The next meeting will be held July 16 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Corey Allen at 617-791-7359.