BY JON CRONIN
Crime in the 106th Precinct has risen slightly in 2015, according to the Precinct’s commanding officer Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff.
At the Community Board 10 meeting last week in Ozone Park, Schiff said, “Unfortunately this year we lost by a squeaker, by six crimes. To me personally I feel very bad, I’ve never lost [to] crime before. I take it very hard.”
“There’s reasons for it, I’m not gonna get into the particulars of why we lost,” Schiff said. “Basically we’re down in rapes, robberies and assaults.”
He noted that crimes against persons were down, but as for grand larcenies, grand larceny autos, and unattended property, “that’s where it hurt us.”
Schiff was happy to report, “When it comes to violent crime, we did pretty good.”
Betty Braton, chairwoman of Community Board 10, said, “With all due respect [to] Inspector Schiff, we did not lose the year. The crime in our community in the 106th Precinct is down.”
Referring to Resorts World New York City Casino, she added, “Our casino does not have a crime impact on our neighborhoods.” She did note that a considerable amount of money walks through the casino and that attracts criminals.
She said that when they subtract larcenies that occur at the casino, “the community’s crime is down.” Bratton applauded the casino for their approach to crime.
“To the casinos credit, many of the crimes that take place result in a arrest because of the technology that they have,” she said.
Braton told Schiff, “In terms of the community you serve, we know that the crime is down and we thank you for that.”
Braton reiterated that Resorts World is not contributing to crime within the community.
“That is definitely a fact,” noted Schiff.
After the meeting Schiff said, “There is a number of avenues why I can say why we’re up in crime.” He noted, “We had an individual who committed six domestic crimes in a week and a half.”
He said their largest crime spike was 80 thefts of unattended property, which entailed someone with access to the victims’ homes, “someone they most likely trusted,” stealing belongings.
“That’s where we lost it. Ten less crimes and we won the year,” Schiff said. To combat that type of crime they need to educate the public on how to protect their belongings.
He said to be careful of who is hired to work in the home, such as a home health aid or contractor. He said, if necessary, install hidden cameras and lock up valuable items.
He said to, “be aware of who was invited into your home and the times. We might be able to make an arrest.”
He also noted the repeat offender, Keith Kolm, added to a number of crimes in the community. He said Kolm, who they caught in early 2015, had been breaking into local businesses and stealing ATM machines with a box truck he also stole. Schiff added that some crimes they suspected him of, but couldn’t prove, stopped once he went into jail.
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