2013-09-27 / Top Stories

101 Commander Warns Of Car Thefts

By Miriam Rosenberg

Residents were warned to lock their cars and take their valuables with them as they learned six vehicles were stolen within the confines of the 101st Precinct in the last month. A number that, according to the latest NYPD CompStat report, is double compared to the same time period last year.

Deputy Inspector Kevin Maloney, the commanding officer of the precinct, spoke about the problem at the Precinct Community Council Meeting on September 18th.

“There’s really no rhythm or reason for the pattern,” Maloney said. “It’s all different types of vehicles spread out throughout the command.”

The CompStat report for September 9th to September 15th also shows that the total year to date number of stolen vehicles has jumped from 39 in 2012 year to 42 this year.

“People warmed up their car, ran into the bodega, ran into the house and when they came out their car was gone,” said Maloney.

Two of the vehicles were stolen with the keys in them. As of September 18th, two cars were recovered within the confines of the precinct.

Maloney called this a preventable crime by urging people to take their keys with them when they leave the car. “You do run the risk of not having your car there when you walk back out,” said Maloney. “Please don’t leave your car unattended,” he added.

Maloney also addressed a new crime trend in the city called “sliders.” What happens is someone pulls into a gas station and leaves their car unattended long enough for these thieves to pull up next to the car in question. The deputy inspector noted women are especially vulnerable by leaving their purses on the seats.

“The kid gets out of their car on the passenger side, slides over to your car, reaches in to take your pocketbook, jumps back into his car and he takes off,” explained Maloney. While this particular crime has not yet occurred in Rockaway, Maloney urged drivers to lock their vehicles and take their valuables with them when they leave the car.

“An ounce of prevention goes a long way in preventing crimes like this and preventing yourself from becoming a victim,” Maloney said.

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