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The neighborhoods of Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill saw a 33 percent increase in burglaries in the last 28 days.

The commanding officer of the 106th Precinct reported about this growing burglary trend during last week’s Community Board 10 meeting in South Ozone Park.

According to Fey, perpetrators mainly target detached garages and sheds, and have arranged the burglaries during both the day and nighttime hours.

“What they’re looking for, primarily, are tools,” Fey warned.

“Be mindful of your sheds and your garages,” Fey suggested. “Make sure that they’re locked.”

To combat the growing trend, Fey mentioned that the precinct was currently in the process of organizing an etching program, where officers would engrave and log the community’s power and hand tools so that they could more easily be traced back to the owner should they be stolen.

The precinct will also continue to investigate where and to whom these perpetrators are selling the stolen tools.

“We realized there are more people doing it than we first understood,” Fey said.

Fey did make note of recent significant arrests in connection to the burglaries, including two that occurred on June 1.

“These are things in the coming weeks that we’re gonna be aggressively pursuing,” he said.

Fey also reported that the precinct was down 16.8 percent in overall crime during the same 28-day cycle.

“We are down in several categories, but we’re up in a few categories, as well,” said Fey, noting that auto thefts and robberies dropped while grand larcenies and fraud cases rose. “It is a bit of a mixed bag.”

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