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105th’s CO offers a Craigslist guarantee from the NYPD

Unsure of the person contacted online? Schiff says meet in front of the precinct

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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016 10:30 am

The commanding officer of the NYPD’s 105th Precinct on Monday extended an offer to residents who might not be quite sure about conducting transactions with strangers they have contacted on Craigslist.

Speaking before a meeting of Community Board 13, Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said those seeking a neutral place to meet someone might want to consider 92-08 222 Street in Queens Village.

The address is that of Schiff’s station house.

“We had seven grand larcenies last week,” Schiff said. “Five of them were Craigslist.”

Two were advance payments for labor to be performed; others were for sale of goods.

“If you’re unsure, meet the person in front of the precinct,” Schiff said. “If you’re on the level and they’re on the level, they should have no problem with meeting you there.”

Schiff, giving the board his monthly report, said the precinct’s numbers through last week are down 15 percent over last month and 9 percent year to date.

“In 2014, this precinct had record lows under [Inspector] Mike Coyle,” Schiff said.

He told the group that right now the 105th Precinct is now running at the second-best crime rate since the city began keeping CompStat records back in 1995.

Schiff said year to date the precinct, with six murders at this point back in 2015, is down to one — that of a man whose body was found on Sept. 10 in a burning car in Idlewild Park.

Schiff said it is his belief that the killing took place elsewhere.

“Right now, we’re the precinct of record,” he said.

Statistics updated through Oct. 23 show the precinct down in every major crime category.

But he said some could go even lower if people would remember to lock their cars and not leave valuables sitting in their vehicles in plain sight.

“About 90 percent of those are unsecured vehicles,” he said. He said most potential thieves who try a car door handle will just move on to the next one if they find it locked.

“Most of them aren’t going to smash in your car window or door unless you’ve left diamonds or gold ingots on the seat,” Schiff said. “Please secure your vehicles.”

Schiff also said they are having a spike in tire and rim theft, generally overnight and throughout the precinct.

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