A rash of tire thefts since January in Glen Oaks and Bellerose has put the neighborhoods on high alert.
Glen Oaks Co-op President Bob Friedrich told the Chronicle that at least nine thefts have been reported to the 105th Precinct. “It’s a real problem and we’re telling car owners to get tire locks and for residents who wake up in the middle of the night to look out their windows to spot trouble,” Friedrich said.
He noted that he has met with officers from the precinct, who are very concerned about the situation and who have added undercover night patrols “and are doing other things we don’t want to alert the thieves to.”
Thieves are concentrating on Honda vehicles, primarily cars parked on the street. The co-op has a long waiting list for garages.
“We also have a security patrol 24/7, but it’s hard to cover 125 acres because we are so large,” Friedrich added.
He is hoping to send out fliers to residents to keep them up to date and to be “the eyes and ears” of the community.