Crime statistics in the 104th constituency took a giant leap over the past month despite what the commander said at the Sept. 21 constituency community council meeting which was a very positive year.
“I have been saying this for a year – this chamber has made phenomenal progress in terms of crime,” said Captain Louron Hall, commander of the chamber. “For the year, we saw a 14 percent drop in [major] crimes. Violent crime is down at a rate of 21.7%.
But in the most recent 28-day period, ending September 19, according to statistics obtained from the NYPD, major crimes are up 13.3% from the same 28-day period last year. It included the first two shoots of the year.
Hall said the first took place on August 15 in Maspeth, near the Flushing Avenue railroad and 59th Drive.
“We had a rave party on the slopes there,” said Hall. “Obviously, they were encroaching on these tracks. “
He said at one point the revelers heard what sounded like firecrackers and started running towards them, including the possible victim.
“Soon after, he felt pain in his leg,” Hall said. The victim was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle, and police attended. No 911 call was received.
The second took place on Cooper Avenue near 72nd Street the week before the meeting. The victim told police – from a Bronx emergency room – he was watching a motorcycle when he heard an alarm go off followed by gunfire. He ran to his car and realized he had been shot in the buttocks.
The compound also saw 15 thefts during the 28-day period.
“These are the most worrying for me,” Hall said. Most of the thefts were outside early in the morning in Ridgewood. Thieves in four cases walked behind the victims, strangled them and took their property.
“Just be aware of your surroundings,” Hall said. “We live in the digital age. Everyone is looking at cell phones. Everyone has headphones in their ears, regardless of what is going on outside. We need to be extremely vigilant and take care of our surroundings to make sure we are not victimized. “
Burglaries decreased by more than 32% over the 28-day period, although Hall said a pair of ATMs were stolen – one on September 1 from Tejada Brothers Food Corp. on 61st Street, and one on September 5th at the Satisfactions Nail Salon. on Fresh Pond Road.
Hall also said the precinct has seen a “disturbing trend” of catalytic converter thefts, particularly in Middle Village. The devices contain precious metals such as platinum, which can prove lucrative when you bring a few to a junkyard.
The commander said the thieves worked in teams of two or three, almost exclusively at night. Usually a car stops next to the chosen vehicle, a man walks under the car with a cutting tool while one or two others are standing. There does not appear to be any model of makes and models of cars.
“Two minutes and let’s go,” Hall said.
But he also said that if anyone saw a duplicate parked car right next to another vehicle on his street overnight, he should call 911, which perhaps would allow the police to catch them. thieves in the act.
In one of the most high-profile complaints in recent months, Hall said the 104th was going after illegal dirt bikes and ATVs with vengeance. He said police confiscated 28 of them in recent weeks and 46 for the year.
The meeting was the board’s first face-to-face meeting in over a year due to Covid 19. Hall took the opportunity to introduce the Martin Luther School crowd in Maspeth to Captain Juan Terrero, its new CEO . Terrero was from the Bronx, where he says he served for several years.