Captain Mackie, Executive Officer at 104th Precinct, passed along this information. Regardless of whether or not you live in this area you can be a victim too! Please follow his advice and stay alert. Call 911, if necessary!
Roe Daraio, President
Comet Civic Association
I am taking the opportunity to study the burglaries since 11/17 in Cometland. I notice they are all west of 69th Street/east of Maurice, all during the week and all on either the day tour or 4x12, which means they are preying after those gone at work/school or just out in the middle of the day in general (4 of these include our 17 year old guy we just caught because they didn't fall off our 28 day map yet). Going into the Christmas week / tail end of Chanukah I am having sector cars do directed patrols on these blocks at regular intervals on the day and 4x12, with special attention to males walking from door to door, ie, and rear doors/open gates wherever visible, and any other suspicious activity.
With the holiday week in mind, please let the neighborhood to be on guard with locking all doors/windows (esp the rear door/basement door), and keeping valuables and especially holiday gifts secured and out of sight whenever possible. Don't ever leave the car parked with gifts in the cabin or trunk. Holiday parties are an area of concern because numerous people may be coming/going at different times, so always keep the entrances locked (front doors are a common means of entry). If residents are going away, ask a neighbor to either keep an eye on the house or to park their car in the driveway so it looks like somebody is home. Also, I am a huge proponent of motion sensors in outside lights--to our night or backyard burglars, these can be a real deterrent to spook them before they even get in!! For the $15 and the time it takes to install it under the bulb, it is really worth its' weight in gold. Plus we have longer hours of darkness now so lights/motion sensors can really come in handy as a deterrent to thieves.
One burglary (involving the 17 year old) was a rear sliding door. A thick dowel or 1x2 piece of wood cut to fit inside the track, with 1 end against the frame and the other end against the back edge of the sliding door works wonders. And if the door is locked/latched, it can't be raised off the track.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Captain Gregory Mackie
Executive Officer, 104th Precinct