Overall Crime In 101 Pct. Down But Shootings, Rape Rise
By Miriam Rosenberg
Salowski says that his biggest concern is an increase in shootings, which stem from a problem in the Ocean Bay/ Edgemere area that goes back to December 30 of last year.
One shooting, which took place at 54-32 Beach Channel Drive was followed by retaliation at Beach 56 Street and Beach Channel Drive that in turn was followed by a number of apartment doors being shot up at Beach 51 Street and Beach Channel Drive.
“It’s going back and forth,” said Salowski, who explained that the precinct is working as a team to apprehend those they believe are responsible. “We brought in people from the gang and arms investigation units. We’re going full force.”
There is also an increase in rapes in the precinct.
“We have four reported rapes,” Salowski said. “The folks that are alleging the crimes know each other. It’s a relationship gone sour, a jealous lover, an ex-husband – things like that.”
According to NYPD Compstat figures for March 14 to March 20, there were only two rapes in the precinct by mid-March 2004 while there have been seven so far this year.
Salowski also announced that a safe corridor has been enacted in the afternoons, between the hours of 1:30 to approximately 4 p.m., to “facilitate the movement of children on the way home” from MS 53 on Nameoke Street.
Officers will be stationed along Mott and Cornaga Avenues to Beach 20 Street, Mott to Beach Channel Drive and Beach 20 Street and Mott to New Haven.
“It gives us visibility in the business district and some visibility with the kids,” he said.
Another concern for the 101 is speeding and subsequent accidents. There has been in increase in new construction from Beach 59 Street to Beach 37 Street.
According to the precinct’s executive officer, Captain Woody Selover, there have been nine accidents with seven injuries as people speed down Beach 59 Street to Beach 37 Street and make the turn onto Beach Channel Drive.
Selover assured those at the meeting that the Commissioner of the Department of Transportation is putting the problem at the top of the list; in the meantime Salowski had a word of advice residents.
“We’re in a rush to go nowhere folks,” said Salowski. “You’re getting home from work and doing 60 miles an hour…for what reason? To get home two minutes early? It doesn’t pay. Slow down and be safe.”
In another matter, Salowski answered The Wave’s question about gangs in the schools.
“We’re looking into it,” Salowski said. “I don’t see a lot of kids flying colors.”
He said that the first thing is to instruct teachers on what to look for.
“There aren’t active gangs in school as we speak,” continued Salowski, who said gang activity is mostly older people in the developments.