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Police warned Fresh Meadows and Jamaica Estates residents to keep their valuables locked up and away from the gaze of criminals — especially bicycles.

At the 107th Precinct Community Council’s meeting on Wednesday night, the commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Paul Valerga, reported a recent bicycle theft trend within the Fresh Meadows-based precinct.


“Bicycles were stolen out of a lot of people’s backyards over the summer,” Valerga noted at the Sept. 27 meeting, “and the one common denominator we found on all of these was that they were all stolen from the side of house, front of houses or unlocked garages.”

The commander reported that cops were able to arrest two perpetrators over the summer responsible for more than one bike theft, noting that one of the perpetrators was also wanted for breaking into people’s cars, allowing the precinct to issue him six arrests.

“These kids are responsible for stealing probably upwards of 25 to 30 bicycles in our neighborhood,” Valerga said. “This is unacceptable.”

The deputy inspector noted that neither of the perpetrators were from the area and was eager to point out that they had special motivations for coming to the Fresh Meadows area.

“Neither one of them live here. They live in different commands,” Valerga said. “And they said they come to this area because nobody locks their stuff up.”

Valerga encouraged residents to take bicycles or other outdoor valuables inside and keep them in their locked houses or apartments at night. If that is not a possibility, he urged attendees to place secure locks on their belongings.

“We implore everyone: Lock your houses, lock your windows, lock your sheds,” he closed. “At least make it tough for the criminals.”

Photo by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS

Photo by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS


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