Crime in the 106th Precinct is steady so far in 2013, but burglaries are still a problem, Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, the precinct’s commanding officer, told Community Board 10 last week.
Burglaries have been an ongoing issue in South Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park and more recently in parts of Howard Beach. But Pascale said the crimes in Howard Beach appeared to subside once a man was arrested while attempting to break into a home there late last month.
“I hate to say it, but it looks like the problems stopped in Howard Beach with that arrest,” Pascale said.
However, on Tuesday, two women were robbed in a home in Old Howard Beach by a man claiming to work for the Department of Environmental Protectiion after he was let into the house.
In Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and South Ozone Park, break-ins have been an issue for Hindu households, where robbers know religious icons made of gold are kept. There has been a pattern of burglaries in South Ozone Park between Liberty and North Conduit avenues east of 125th Street.
Car break-ins are also an issue, Pascale said, and a number of residents have been robbed of items inside their cars when they have left them unlocked.
He added that there have been issues with fraudsters all over the precinct area, but especially in Howard Beach, where in one instance, a woman left the Rite Aid to find her car had a flat tire and was offered help from a man who later robbed her.
According to the most updated statistics from CompStat, the number of robberies and burglaries is down in the past week as compared to last year, but grand larcenies are up.
However, violent crime has been nearly nonexistent in the precinct so far this year. There have been no murders recorded in the 106th Precinct since Jan. 1, and one rape.
The precinct will hold a meeting concerning public safety concerns on Feb. 20 at the 106th Precinct at 103-53 101 St. in Ozone Park.