The 106th Precinct tackled one of its biggest quality-of-life issues last weekend, using social media to connect with residents making noise complaints directly.
Operation Silent Night, the initiative that allows residents to report noise complaints via Twitter, conducted last Friday through Sunday, was touted by police brass as a success.
The problem with loud music coming from backyards, garages and even vehicles has plagued communities in South Queens for years.
Frank Dardani, president of the 106th Precinct Community Council and the Ozone Tudor Civic Association, said the issue has spread to other commands.
“When I meet with other community council presidents, they say the noise problem is getting worse and we’ve had this issue for a long time,” he said. “I’m sure there’s a lot of people who have moved out because of these problems. It needs to be addressed.”
Police said they responded to 34 reported noise complaints and issued 22 criminal court summonses over the three-day period. According to the NYPD, on 12 of the noise complaints they responded to the music was deemed to be at a reasonable level based on sound meter readings. However, those homeowners were advised that although reasonable, the music was bothering their neighbors.
The weekend initiative got off to a slow start. Last Friday night, the first night of the operation, weather interceded on the cops’ behalf.
“Looks like the rain is working exceptionally well, helping to keep the noise down and under control,” Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s commanding officer, tweeted at around 8 p.m.
However, at 11 p.m. Schiff tweeted that officers had addressed their first reported noise complaint in the vicinity of 118th Street and Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill.
More noise violations were to follow.
At 1 a.m. a restaurant in the vicinity of 107th Avenue and Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill was issued a criminal court summons for noise. Police officers issued a criminal court summons for noise to the driver of an auto that was blasting music at 110th Street and Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill at 2 a.m.
Officers also issued a criminal court summons for noise to the owner of a residence on 118th Street between Liberty and 107th avenues in South Richmond Hill, according to Schiff.
Day two of Operation Silent Night began with the arrest of a motorcyclist for reckless driving through traffic and riding on the sidewalk at Liberty Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard in Ozone Park at 7:30 p.m.
As the night went on, officers addressed several other noise complaints according to Deputy Inspector Schiff’s tweets.
At 8:30 p.m. a noise complaint was addressed with a summons to a homeowner on 110th Street between Liberty and 103rd avenues in South Richmond Hill; a complaint of a noisy block party at 114th Place and 149th Avenue in South Ozone Park was addressed by the police at 9 p.m. A half hour later, a criminal court summons was issued for noise on Lefferts Boulevard between Liberty and 107th avenues in South Richmond Hill and another for excessive noise to the driver of a Lexus at 9:45 p.m. at 122nd Street and 107th Avenue in South Richmond Hill.
Police issued summonses on Saturday to noisemakers on 124th Street, 102nd Street, 118th Street, 130th Street and 122nd Place. Schiff said that in several cases where residents complained about loud music, police investigated and found it to be within the legal limits of the law.
Music from a residential backyard at Muriel Court and 107th Street in Ozone Park was corrected with a criminal court summons on Day 3 of Operation Silent Night, Sunday, at 8:30 p.m.
More noise complaints followed.
Police issued a criminal court summons in Lindenwood for music emanating from a residential garage on 89th Street between 151st and South Conduit avenues at 8:30 p.m.
Several residents complained of loud music coming from a residence on 102nd Street between 103rd and Liberty avenues in Ozone Park — the same block where a complaint was lodged the night before. Police responded to the location and issued a criminal court summons to the homeowner.
The last noise summons for the night was issued to a noisy neighbor on 88th Street between Liberty and 107th avenues in Ozone Park, Schiff tweeted.
Detective Kenneth Zorn, 106th Precinct Community Affairs officer, said that the anti-noise team also responded to 911 calls. He noted that Schiff personally responded to all of the reported noise complaints over the weekend.
“It sounds like it was very positive,” Dardani said. “Hopefully the word will be spread around that [Schiff] is not messing around.”
— Domenick Rafter contributed to this article.