A Clinton Avenue resident who wished to remain anonymous, said he began observing the disturbing pattern a couple weeks ago while walking his dog in the morning. In the past two weeks, he counted 30 cars that have been broken into to or simply vandalized.
“If St. Joseph’s students feel affected, I’m quite sure they’ll put more pressure on the police,” the resident said.
Mike McGrann, head of campus security at St. Joseph’s, said no one has reported their cars being broken into and the school has spoken with the police. He has worked there for six years and is shocked at what is taking place.
“We never saw anything like this,” McGrann said.
The school has instructed students not to leave anything valuable in their cars.
Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo is not taking this issue lightly. On Friday, March 14, at 7 p.m., she will be holding an emergency town hall meeting at the college, with representatives from the 88th and 77th precincts to discuss the break-ins.
“The 77th and 88th precincts have responded swiftly to the reported incidents and are working diligently to put an end to this activity,” Cumbo said. “This town hall meeting seeks to educate the community on the situation, as well as bring a sense of safety back to our streets. We all must do our part and say something.”