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Car break-ins see big drop in Ozone Park

Cops also nab man who broke into vehicle

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 am

After a spike during the winter, car thefts have plummeted in parts of the 106th Precinct. And just last week, cops nabbed a man trying to break into a car.

According to the precinct, only three cars in Ozone Park, near the Tudor Village area, have been broken into this month, compared to 10 last month.

Police credit a program called Spot it, Secure it, instituted by Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, for the drop.

As part of the program, police take photos of valuables left inside cars and give the photos, with a warning about how that’s unwise, to the owner of the vehicle. Schiff said on Twitter over the weekend that he wants to expand the program to other neighborhoods in the precinct.

The drop comes as cops say they arrested a man who was seen breaking into a car in Howard Beach last week.

Willis Fairbanks, 46, was arrested on April 16 while trying to break into an unsecured car, police say. He pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a vehicle on April 17 and is now serving 10 days in jail.

The precinct says officers will be on the lookout for him if he returns to the neighborhood upon his release, but NYPD sources say he is not a suspect in any other car thefts or break-ins.

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