Rockaway Citizens Safety Patrol Reports
As the Rockaway Citizens Safety Patrol (Rockaway Shomrim) founder and Director Laizer Shtundel told Yeshiva World News, “One of the benefits of having a citizen’s patrol is that we know our neighbors and we know what is out of the ordinary. If I see a stranger in a car that I know belongs to my neighbor, I do not have to think twice about calling the police. This is why we encourage all residents of Far Rockaway to join the RCSP and patrol their own community”.
Besides patrolling, RSCP also sends out information alerting residents to crime in the area and collects and forwards crime data to the NYPD. This allows police to deploy effectively and increase police presence where it is needed.
RSCP recently reported the following activities.
Over the last three weeks there has been a spate of car break-ins in Bayswater and Far Rockaway.
The RCSP has received reports of a string of break-ins in Bayswater at Beach 32nd Street, Healy Avenue, and Bayswater Avenue and Far Rockaway at Seagirt Boulevard and between Beach 3rd and Beach 9th streets.
They urge neighbors to keep all valuables and evidence of presence of valuables, such as suction cup marks, cell phone chargers, etc., preferably out of the car, or out of sight.
“If you witness a car break-in in progress,” they note, “please call 911 and the 24-hour RCSP hotline immediately. The RCSP has stepped up patrols in all areas. In addition, the RCSP is working closely with the NYPD in retrieving and reviewing video surveillance footage.”
Over the past week, they report, UPS and FedEx delivery packages have been stolen from neighbors’ porches in Far Rockaway.
They state that “in several separate incidents, packages were stolen from porches moments after they were delivered by UPS, FedEx, and/or USPS. Incidents occurred primarily on Frisco Avenue. Police reports were filed and ongoing investigation revealed that several more houses have been affected as well.
Neighbors are urged to request that packages are signed for or arrange for a friend or neighbor to sign for a package on their behalf. Please also be aware that these incidents tend to happen during the day, and during the holiday season.”
On Tuesday, November 19th, RSCP reports that while on night patrol, its members observed an individual breaking into several cars. They immediately alerted the NYPD and maintained visual contact on the scene until police arrived and arrested the suspect.
They also reported that on Wednesday and Thursday, November 20th and 21st, that yeshiva students were assaulted in Far Rockaway.
RSCP notes “In two separate incidents, students of local yeshivas were assaulted by teens as they were walking home from school. Both incidents occurred on Beach 17th Street and Brookhaven Avenue. The RCSP video surveillance team obtained clear footage of the perpetrators. The NYPD is taking this matter very seriously.”
On Friday, November 22nd, at around 5:30 a.m. two cars were broken into on Sage Street off of Empire Avenue. The RCSP team is also reviewing videos for evidence to hand over to the NYPD.
Also on Friday, at around 3 p.m., a young girl walking on Beach 9th Street and Lannett Avenue was approached by a man who attempted to engage her. She successfully ran off and reached her home safely. The RCSP responded immediately and alerted the NYPD.
The alleged perpetrator is known to both the NYPD and the RCSP for repeated offenses. The matter is being investigated by the 101st Precinct detective squad.
Saturday, 11/23 [Burglary] (FR):
RSCP is also reviewing video from a burglary which took place on Reads Lane and Elvira Avenue on Saturday, November 23rd.
While the family at synagogue for Sabbath prayers, the burglar gained access to the house through a basement window and stole electronics, jewelry and other valuables.
The case is currently under investigation by NYPD detectives.