2013-05-10 / Top Stories

Commanders Of 101 Pct., Transit 23: Be Aware Of Surroundings

By Miriam Rosenberg

Keep those cell phones hidden while on the subways. That is what Transit 23 Commander Captain Roberto Cruz told residents earlier this month as he joined 101 Precinct Commander Captain Kevin Maloney at the April 101 Precinct Community Council meeting.

“My primary crime that’s happening in the subways is cell phone snatches,” said Cruz on April 17th. He urged that people spread the word to all those they know to “keep your cell phones put away, especially if you’re near the door…. Be aware of your surroundings. They’re targeting I-Phones, galaxies, especially now that the Galaxy 4 is coming out and IPads and any type of electronic devices.”

Transit 23, as well as each of the local precincts, offers free Vin etching of an identifying number on residents’ devices. In the case of any of the items being stolen or lost these numbers will make recovery easier.

In regards to the 101 Precinct, Maloney said that violence—specifically shooting—- is down this year. There has only been one such incident, which occurred in January. That case, said Maloney, is closed. A shooting on Beach 59th Street the weekend prior to the meeting was in the confines of the 100 Precinct at a house party. Although the victim fled to Ocean Village, which is part of the 101 Precinct, it was the officers of the 100 Precinct who caught the perpetrator and recovered the weapon.

Once again Maloney said the increase in property crimes is what is driving up his crime numbers, and a lot of it is still Sandy related.

“A lot of it is vacant houses where people are coming back doing work on their house,” said Maloney. “We have the copper pipes, the plumbing, the boilers [being stolen],” said Maloney. “The other issues we see with the burglaries are rear window breaks, rear door breaks.”

Maloney also encouraged anyone with an Apple I-Phone to get the Find My I-Phone app to make recovering the devices easier.

Both commanders advised that people be aware of their surroundings and “If you see something, say something.”

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