Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #469
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

13th Precinct sees spike in thefts, burglaries

Police also preparing for upcoming SantaCon pub crawl

 

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

 

Deputy Inspector Dave Ehrenberg at the 13th Precinct (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel) 
The 13th Precinct saw a 35 percent spike in crime over the last month, mostly in burglaries and grand larcenies. The stats were revealed by Deputy Inspector Dave Ehrenberg at a meeting of the 13th Precinct Community Council on Tuesday. However, Ehrenberg, the precinct's commanding officer, noted that part of the reason for the increases is because of the comparison to the low numbers last year due to Hurricane Sandy.

 

The increases in burglaries are mostly due to residential incidents and, noted Ehrenberg, there were no cases of forced entry in the residential burglaries that had occurred.

 

"They're getting in through patios, roofs and doors from adjacent buildings," he said, adding that the crimes are easier to prevent than they are to solve and he reminded residents to lock their doors as well as windows, especially if they lead to a fire escape or balcony.

 

There has been an increase in grand larcenies as well and an especially large increase in what the NYPD refers to as "picks and dips," which is when someone is pick-pocketed or their property is left out somewhere and then stolen. Cell phones and wallets are the most commonly stolen items in these cases and Ehrenberg said that it isn't necessarily the newest model of cell phones that are getting stolen so regardless of how new the phone is, residents should still be vigilant.

 

To read the full article and learn more about the December 14th SantaCon pub crawl, visit the Town & Village Blog

SantaCon revelers gather in front of an East Village bar at last year's event. (Photo by Allegra Kogan)