Crime in the 112th Precinct has dipped by 15 percent, compared to this time last year, but special operations Lt. Brian Goldberg told a meeeting of Community Board 6 recently that there are some crime patterns to watch out for.
Goldberg said the only thing spiking is grand larceny of cars and thefts from breaking into cars. His main concern is that thieves who used to break open windows or pry the doors open, now just go around checking doorhandles and open unlocked cars.
“We’ve noticed different perpetrators walking and going door to door,” Goldberg said. “They walk around and whatever door is left open, they go through.”
The cops nabbed a man on the corner of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike — for the second time — breaking into four cars around 5:30 p.m. on June 5, in broad daylight amid rush hour traffic. The man told the police that he only stole pocket change out of the cars.
Goldberg said the precinct has a system in place to combat these crimes over the next few weeks, but urged everyone to lock their car doors, especially in driveways. He said driveways are often targeted because car owners tend to feel more comfortable and forget to lock their doors.
Another pattern, which is prevalent throughout northern Queens, is tire theft. Goldberg said that two occurred overnight on June 9.
“We try to combat that, but they’re out quickly and that’s a specialty,” he said, noting that Honda Accords are particularly popular.
However, a marked police car pulled over and arrested someone driving around Yellowstone Boulevard and Darmouth Street who had cinderblocks and a gun in his trunk.
“His intention was to do it, but thank God he didn’t get that far,” Goldberg said.
While credit card fraud is down, he says it always happens and that the police are creating a grand larceny unit to handle these crimes. He recommends covering the keypad while using bank ATMs. Skimmers read the cards and position cameras above the machines to observe people punching in their PIN numbers.
“If you just cover it with your hand when you’re punching it in, they can’t get it,” Goldberg said.
He also noted that the 112th Precinct is hosting a blood drive on Friday, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the precinct, located at 68-40 Austin St. in Forest Hills and that National Night Out Against Crime will be held on Aug. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at MacDonald Park.
The board announced that the DOT repainted lines at the intersection of 71st and Metropolitan avenues to a left turn bay for eastbound drivers on Metropolitan making lefts onto 71st Avenue.
Many pedestrians were injured by turning cars and there was a fatality at the intersection in 2011. Before the lines were repainted, the board feared that westbound cars would not see the turn bay and collide head on with eastbound cars.
Members also voted to extend the special permit for Lucille Roberts at 70-20 Austin St., a physical culture” establishment, as well as Banter’s application for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe at 108-22 Queens Blvd.
Nick’s Bistro, TGI Friday and Tu Casa No. 3 were granted liquor licenses and Narita Japanese Inc. and Barosa had theirs renewed.