Following recent robberies in Flushing and the surrounding areas, Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), officers of the 109th Precinct and representatives of the Flushing BID came together last week to discuss safety precautions shoppers should take during the holiday season.
Along with advising women to keep their handbags in sight, community leaders also suggested that shoppers switch parking spaces after loading their cars with newly bought merchandise.
Deputy Inspector Brian Maguire, commanding officer of the 109th Precinct, stated that grand larceny makes up 42 percent of all crimes within the confines of the precinct. “While the area is safe, there are still issues we need to bring to the public’s attention. These thefts often occur in commercial locations, so we must be more vigilant of our belongings as we shop, especially around the holidays,” Maguire said.
Koo said that pickpocketing and mugging are rare, “but they are still issues that we must address. District 20’s crime rate is much lower than it has been in past years, but remember that if you see something, you must say something.”