Although overall crime is down in the 104th Precinct, crimes like deception burglaries, identity theft and vehicle break-ins rise every holiday season.
Green cautioned residents to be especially wary of criminals posing as utility workers who try to either gain access to a home or lure the resident outside while a partner slips inside and ransacks the premises.
These individuals often target the elderly, but have been known to dupe even the sharpest of residents by wearing uniforms, sporting fake identification, and even arriving when real utility work is being done in the area.
“They’re very convincing,” says Green.
Residents are advised to call 911 and let police determine whether or not these people are legitimate.
Green also told locals not to be fooled by phone calls soliciting donations for police-related organizations.
“There is no sanctioned organization from police department or any union that does phone solicitations,” he said.
Drivers should also lock their vehicles and remember to take their wallets, GPS systems, and other valuables from their cars, particularly overnight.
Although the NYPD is beefing up its patrols at banks and stores with over a dozen holiday posts in the 104th Precinct alone, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Alertness is often the key to avoiding becoming a victim in the first place.
“You really should pay more attention during the holidays to your valuables and you’re identity,” said Green. “Be careful about your surroundings.”