The commanding officer of the NYPD’s 112th Precinct has uncovered what he considers a disturbing trend on local social media.
“People are posting that they have been victims of crime,” Capt. Thomas Conforti told Community Board 6 on Feb. 13. “But they aren’t reporting it to us.”
The NYPD in recent years has made great strides in expanding its own websites and taking advantage of sites like Facebook.
Detectives and special units also monitor Facebook, Twitter and other sites for indications of things like gang activity.
But Conforti said people who are victims of car burglaries, pickpockets, vandalism and assault can help the NYPD help them.
“I see these posts and we have no reports on them,” he said. “If you have been a victim of a crime, I need to know.”
He said among other things reporting crime can help police deduce patterns of criminal activity and assign personnel accordingly. He cited a recent string of seven cell phone robberies where victims were attacked near a subway station on Queens Boulevard.
Uniformed and plainclothes officers from the 112th coordinated patrols and intelligence with those assigned to Queens-based Transit District 20 to make two quick arrests.
Conforti also reiterated that the precinct’s residents are the most valuable tool he has in detecting and preventing crime.
“If there is someone acting suspiciously on your street, call 911,” he said. “You all live and work here. You know who belongs on your street and who doesn’t. Most of the time, when we come, that person will have a legitimate reason for being there. Call us and we’ll check.”