By Ling-Mei Wong
The Boston Chinatown Resident Association met for a safety presentation and community development talk on Dec. 5 at the Josiah Quincy Lower School.
Capt. Tom Lee and Sgt. Tom Lema of the Boston Police Department warned residents about robberies involving gold jewelry and smartphones. “The No. 1 item we have stolen downtown is the iPhone,” Lee said.
Lee told residents not to leave holiday packages and valuables in their cars, as cars may get broken into. He also urged citizens to call 911 anytime for the police.
“We have interpreters that work at 911 who speak Chinese and its dialects,” Lee said. “Many people wait to bring their English-speaking son or daughter to report a crime and when they say it happened yesterday, it’s too late.”
The officers commended the Chinatown neighborhood crime watch for its efforts, led by Michael Wong of Lun Fat Produce. “Chinatown is a very safe neighborhood,” Lee said.
J. Wing Lee, President of Section 8 Tenants, warned about Chinese scams. The criminals usually work in gangs and engage people in Chinese by asking for directions. One or more people will join the conversation and convince victims to give up their valuables or savings.
“If you don’t know them, don’t talk to them,” Lee of Section 8 Tenants said. “If they talk about your son being in danger, don’t listen.”
Chairman Henry Yee passed around a petition to oppose the China Pearl’s plans for a lounge on its fourth floor. “We have collected more than 100 signatures so far,” he said. The proposal was brought before the Chinatown Safety Committee on Sept. 17 with no action taken.