Michael A. Cody, deputy inspector of the 104th Precinct, led the meeting and discussed that crime went down in the area, but residents should be aware that during the holidays robberies are likely to occur.
“For the 28-day period, the 104th Precinct is down 16.7 percent in recorded crime over last year in the major crime categories,” he said.
The precinct is down in all major crime categories, with the exception of grand theft auto.
Since the last council meeting, Hurricane Sandy had crippled many parts of New York City, however, Cody said that he was grateful that no fatalities had occurred within the confines of the 104th Precinct. He said that major issue was fielding phone calls regarding trees being down and trying to get traffic moving smoothly again.
He went on to say that many of his officers, while off duty, volunteered their time to bring donated goods to the Rockaways and other devastated areas around the city.
Looking forward, Cody advised community members to go shopping with friends and to make sure that their car doors are locked with no items visible from the outside.
“Close your doors,” he simply said.
He went on to say that when some burglars or car jackers are caught, some have confessed to the police that they simply walk along the street trying to open any car door they can. Once they find a car that is unlocked they simply go inside and either steal the car or items inside of the vehicle.
Another crime prevention tool that the council discussed at the meeting was a new way to track cell phones that have been stolen or misplaced. While the members of the council said to install an app that finds the cell phone for you, community members can go into the precinct and have officers take down the identification number on the back of the cell phone with the owners name and address.
Once the phone is found, the police officers can return the phone to the owner, however the council admitted that the app is also a good tool to use.
During the meeting, community members discussed working with the police department to organize a toy drive and moving donations to the Rocakways.
Kathy Masi of the Geldale Civic Association said people have been contacting her wanting to donate furniture and appliances to those affected by the Rockways. However, the civic has had to tell them to hold if for a couple of weeks because they simply don’t have anywhere to store the donations.
“They are not going to be able to get this stuff down there, and it’s going to wind up sitting by the wayside,” she said.
She went on to propose that finding a way to get donated furniture to the needy members of the Rockaways be a good first project for the council.
Cody said he thought it was a good idea and said, “I feel a committee coming.”