With monthly crime reports that have been generally positive, the commanding officer of the 113th Precinct on Monday said common sense can help lower crime in some areas where they have been having problems.
Speaking at the monthly meeting of the precinct’s community council, Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara said crime overall in the precinct is down about 4 percent for the year.
But he added that the theft of cars — which hit an all-time low in the 113th in 2013 — and personal electronic devices have been driving some of their numbers in the wrong direction.
“In the most recent 28-day period we had 15 car thefts, after seven in the same period last year,” Marmara said. “And in about a quarter of those, someone left the engine running.”
He said people should exercise care and be aware of their surroundings when using personal electronics like cell phones, iPads and other items in public.
He also said owners of Apple, Android and other products should avail themselves of so-called “loss-mode” apps and services that can be applied to their devices.
“Do that, and the thief can shut it down and remove the battery,” Marmara said. “But activate loss-mode and when he tries to flip it, the second he turns it on, your device will (email) you his exact location. Then just call us.”
He said the two murders so far this year have resulted in arrests, and that robberies, ticking up slightly in the 28-day period, are down 29 percent for the year.
Grand larcenies for the year were down 12 percent.
The inspector said as cold as the weather has been, impending warmer temperatures and open windows inevitably will lead to noise complaints, particularly with weekend “pay parties” as summer kicks in.
“If there is that one chronic house in your neighborhood, call us ahead of time,” he said. “Maybe we can go there and shut them down ahead of time.”