- I heard from a Comet member who lives on 57th Avenue off Mazeau Street. She was up until 5:30 am moving items from her house to her car and didn't see or hear anything. Apparently, at some time during the night/morning, someone took a crow bar pried open a car parked in front of her house, removed the radio/CD player and popped open the trunk and took an item from there as well. For some reason they also stole the car registration. This must have occurred when she went into her house to get something or after 5:30 am when she went to sleep. The Comet member also said that a neighbor was trying to park on Caldwell Avenue and there was glass on both sides of the street - possibly more car break ins.
- I spoke with the 108th Precinct this afternoon and they are also getting hit with car break ins.
- DI Napolitano at the 110th looked at the most current map of the Elmhurst portion of Comet and said reports for car break ins came from Ankener Avenue, Calamus Avenue and Hillyer Street.
Look folks, you might not want to make a report to your insurance company because there's a $500 deductable. That's fine. But you really need to make a police report so our precincts know what areas are being hit. I suspect there's a lot more break ins that are not being reported. You should call 911 and tell the operator you need to have a report taken. Since taking a report for a past crime isn't a priority, you may have to wait quite a while before a police car shows up. If you have a busy schedule and can't wait around, call 911 once you are home for the evening. But please, file a report.
I am reaching out to the Crime Prevention Officers in our precincts to come up with ideas to help safeguard your property. Stay tuned. Please pass this along.