(Long-time reader, registered just to post this)
Over the past week, there has been a mini crime spree going on in NE Crown Heights, focused on the intersection of Bergen and New York Avenue (near that express B44/B65 bus stop and about a block west of the Brooklyn Children's Museum). There has also been a vehicle break-in as far west as Franklin and St. Marks.
I have counted at least ten vehicle break-ins and two apartment break-ins. These are all by the same perp, who uses a flat screw driver to pry windows until they shatter, then grabs electronics and tools within easy reach. The jobs are amateur, not thorough at all, but very messy. My own car was hit, and he/she only took an obsolete GPS completely concealed within the center console.
Police officers from the 77th report that they are too understaffed to help with surveillance or prevention. There is no detective assigned.
Things you can do:
1. Avoid parking near this area
2. Conceal valuables in your car and on your person
3. If you are a victim, make a police report
4. Call Community Board 8 at (718) 467-5574
I called the community board after I saw three more vehicle break-ins this morning. They are assembling a list of areas in the district that need additional help, and they will take your comments.
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