Due to an increase in burglaries in Forest Hills, the 112th Precinct and its community council will be hosting a special public safety meeting next week to better prepare residents against potential break-ins.
“People have been banging through back doors, front doors and back windows, but the main thing is that residents need to know how to best protect themselves,” 112th Precinct Community Council President Heidi Chain said. “We are hoping that this meeting will show residents that there are ways to make their homes and neighborhoods safer.”
As of last week, there has been a 28-percent increase in burglaries in the precinct so far this year compared to last. According to Chain, one of the best ways to prevent a burglary is awareness.
“One of the things that I’ve been trying to push is that if you see anything unusual by your neighbor’s home please call 911,” she said. “If you hear an unusual noise or see someone suspicious, take the time to tell someone. We have a block watcher program and I really hope people get involved in this.”
Chain said much of the meeting will discuss locking up a home properly and tips on how to approach a dangerous situation. Though the police have increased security in the area, Chain said, they cannot be everywhere all of the time.
“Cops cannot be all over, but we live in the neighborhood so it is up to us,” she said. “I was driving down the street the other day and noticed several doors unlocked and wide open, which is definitely a safety issue. That’s why I think it’s great that the precinct is holding a meeting to calm people’s fears and give them tips on how to be safe.”
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 2 at Our Lady of Mercy at 70-01 Kessel St. in Forest Hills. Captain Thomas Conforti, the commanding officer for the 112th Precinct along with other officers, will answer questions and address concerns.