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Free crime prevention programs at 112th Pct.

Safeguards for cars, homes, property

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Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 11:41 am, Thu Dec 20, 2012.

The 112th Precinct offers a number of free crime prevention services that residents can take advantage of by calling for an appointment with the Crime Prevention Office.

The Combat Auto Theft, or CAT program, works with car owners, who volunteer to register to allow their vehicles to be pulled over within the precinct when operating between 1 a.m. and 5 p.m. The program has proven effective in deterring auto theft.

A Commuter CAT program, for commuters whose cars are parked during the day, works the same way, only with drivers volunteering to be stopped between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Help End Auto Theft, or HEAT program, is available to car owners above the age of 40. They receive a sticker that allows the vehicle to be pulled over for investigation 24 hours a day if the operator appears to be younger than 25.

The VIN etching program consists of etching the car’s vehicle identification number, or VIN, into the window glass. It makes the car less desirable to steal and with some insurance carriers may make the owner eligible for a reduction in rates.

The bicycle registration program consists of a serial number etched into a bicycle. The number is kept on file at the precinct, making the bike easier to return if it is recovered after being lost or stolen.

The Operation Identification program allows residents and business owners to mark valuable items and office equipment with special numbers, such as a Social Security or federal tax number, markings that are kept on file to identify the property it is stolen.

In residential security surveys, the precinct’s crime prevention officer will visit a home or apartment to determine the effectiveness and vulnerability of door locks, windows and alarm systems. The resident receives a written report with recommendations for security upgrades.

Under the Trespass Affidavit program for apartment buildings, the proper management of a building agrees to random police patrols inside.

Registration for all these programs and further information may obtained by calling the 112th Precinct’s Crime Prevention Office at (718) 520-9319.

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