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Property owners file more insurance claims for Halloween

Spooky season is the favorite time of year for many in Massachusetts. It is a time to dress up and invoke the power of make-believe. While the holiday is geared mostly toward children, adults love it too. Unfortunately, there is one thing about Halloween that many property owners hate.

What adds to the severity of credit card theft?

Making purchases online is very convenient thanks to the use of online credit card payments that do not require the use of your physical card. All you have to do is enter your card numbers to complete a purchase that will be shipped to your Massachusetts address. However, the increased use of online credit card purchases also allows for greater opportunities for malicious parties to steal your credit card information.

Only $250 separates misdemeanor theft from felony

The laws in Massachusetts regarding misdemeanor vs. felony theft are quite different than in the rest of the United States. Nearly every state in the country has a dollar threshold for theft. Stealing property that is valued under the threshold is charged as a misdemeanor, while stealing property over that value is a felony. Massachusetts is the same as other states in this regard, but its threshold for felony theft is much lower than other states’. In our state, stealing property that is valued over $250 is considered a felony.

Police commandeer kayaks for aquatic pursuit of alleged boat thief

Leicester police were ready when a concerned citizen called about a man apparently breaking into a Green Street home. They had checked on the house earlier that day after a Worcester police request, so they sent multiple units around.

'Fare is Fair': MBTA begins random commuter rail ticket checks

Riders on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail lines may be in for some hassles in the days ahead as random daily ticket checks continue. The random checks, which began yesterday, are meant to cut back on the millions of dollars the MBTA loses each year due to evasion of fares. They're calling the initiative "Fare is Fair."

Arson offenses in Massachusetts

There are numerous property crimes that are codified under the criminal law of Massachusetts, including a number of offenses having to do with arson. People who are convicted of these offenses may face thousands of dollars in fines, long terms of imprisonment and restitution orders.People who are convicted of maliciously burning a dwelling or who assist others in burning a dwelling may face two and one-half years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. They may also face the same potential punishments if they burn meeting houses or churches. It does not matter if the buildings are vacant or if the people who set fire to them own them.

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