There is a burglary threat in the area of Linden Boulevard and Murdock Avenue around 203rd Street going west. An organized group is targeting homes without cars in the driveway. There are three or four in the group. They knock on the door, when they fail to get a response they scan the streets and call one another on cell phones. They break in and take something quick and leave. This could be truants on break during the day.
Despite this threat, the 113th police precinct continues to report fewer incidents of crime. The precinct has seen no murders in the last 28 days. Of the two shootings in the precinct, one of the suspects was apprehended. Both shootings were categorized by Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Marmara as not part of a trend or retaliation.
Stolen cars are a problem throughout the city. It is also a problem in the precinct. One quarter of the cars stolen occurred when individuals left their car unoccupied while it is running.
The precinct is seeing an uptick in domestic violence cases, felony assaults and robberies versus the previous years’ numbers. There have been no reported rapes during the period.
Pedestrians are also a concern which coincides with the Vision Zero program outlined by Mayor deBlasio. As part of the vision zero program, the precinct is looking out for pedestrians by targeting certain types of traffic violators with summonses. Those that text or talk on the phone or do not wear their seatbelts are more likely to be a threat to pedestrian safety. The precinct has increased the number of summonses issued for these offenses by 25%. They hired a new officer to deal specifically with that issue and they are looking to add additional radar qualified officers. They are tracking area speeding hot spots and locations of pedestrian incidents.
The new assistant chief of Queens South, David Barrere introduced himself to the group. Chief Barrere is a 24 year veteran of the NYPD. He was in the Detective’s Bureau for the past five years in Brooklyn and was the Commanding Officer of three precincts: 75th in East New York, 76th in Red Hook and the 114th in Astoria. It was there that he said he learned that community council meetings are such an important part of getting things right. “This is where we start…where people care,” he said. “They make sure we are doing the right thing and concentrating our efforts.”
He spoke about his pet peeve of officers engaged in conversations among themselves when they are in the community in response to an audience question. “I don’t like it. It’s not good for the community. When they are taking to each other, they are not paying attention,” said Chief Barrere.
He also touched on his commitment to the level of professionalism from new officers. . “We train them as they come out to be the police officers that you deserve,” he said.
The meeting took place Monday, March 17 at the New Jerusalem Church on Smith Street as part of its endeavor to expand the location of the monthly meetings to cover other areas of the precinct and to come from under the precinct’s roof.
Meetings are the third Monday of every month at 7P. The location of next meeting is TBD. Sign up for the community email blast at email@example.com for more information or like their Facebook page for updates.