Illegally-parked trucks have been an ongoing concern throughout the communities served by the 102nd Precinct, and the precinct’s executive officer Matt Hanrahan told the community council Tuesday night that the police have been cracking down.
“This past Saturday night, we did a heavy tow operation,” Hanrahan said. “Three vehicles were towed, two tractor-trailers and a box truck, in the Atlantic Avenue-Woodhaven Boulevard vicinity. We also issued 20 summonses.”
The issue of illegally-parked trucks has come up at nearly every community council meeting in the past year. Most of the illegal parking is done on Woodhaven Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue.
On other issues, Hanrahan confirmed arrests made in connection with the robbery of a Radio Shack store on Atlantic Avenue earlier this month. He also warned residents about a rash of car break-ins all around the command.
Residents who attended the meeting brought several concerns to the precinct’s second-in-command.
Kenici Wilson, a resident of Ozone Park, said there has been an ongoing issue with a used car lot under the Woodhaven Boulevard overpass at Atlantic Avenue. At night, the cars are parked in the street, but facing the wrong way.
“I’ve seen cars make the left onto Atlantic, then slam on the brakes because they see cars facing them,” he said.
Hanrahan said he would keep an eye on the problem.
Simcha Waisman of the Richmond Hill Block Association complained about cars parking under the LIRR trestle on Babbage Street on the weekends, often blocking through routes under the elevated line. Hanrahan said the precinct would look into that problem as well.
Another resident asked about the sudden spike in crime. Hanrahan said the CompStat statistics showed an increase compared to a year ago, in which the city was coming off several weeks of abnormally low crime after Hurricane Sandy.
“It’s not so much that we’ve had an increase, but that it’s a return to normalcy,” he said.