Burglary Patterns Persist In 101 Precinct
As the 101 Precinct prepares for the extra work that comes with the holiday season, the commander of the precinct also finds himself concerned with several trends that have developed in the precinct. While the precinct’s overall crime statistics have gone down for the year by almost 2 percent, the number of burglaries has increased from 97 in 2009 to 123 this year. Captain Michael Lipetri, the commanding officer of the precinct, described several crime patterns at this month’s 101 Precinct Community Council meeting on November 17. The majority of the patterns involve the three active burglary patterns in the precinct.
“We have a very large increase in the burglary area in the Deerfield/- Brookhaven 25 [Street] to 30 [Street] area,” said Lipetri. “We have had four burglaries over the past month. They’re all relatively early in the day between 0800 and 5 and 6 pm. We think that the individual is watching people go to work and then that individual is going through open windows or actually kicking down doors removing laptops, electronics [and other goods].”
Another burglary pattern has developed near Seagirt Avenue from Beach 25 Street to Beach 30 Street.
“Same thing,” said Lipetri. “We think it’s something mostly in the…day… electronics, computers, laptops.”
“We have another burglary pattern going on in the Mott Avenue business district that I spoke about [several months ago], we have made some arrests. We have had some more [break-ins] since we made those arrests, so we don’t think that there’s one individual committing the Mott Avenue business district burglaries.” In addition, Lipetri told community members that, “We also have an increase in car break[ins]. We did real well toward the end of the summer. We made three or four good arrests,” he said.
While those criminals are out of jail, the officers of the 101 Precinct are still keeping a look out for problems.
“We’ve made three arrests in the past week with some individuals breaking into cars, and we hope we’re going to see the car break-ins slow down,” the captain said.
Lipetri also had advice for residents as the holidays approach – lock windows and doors and if you see something suspicious let the police know before it happens.