Deputy Inspector William McBride, commanding officer of the 111th Precinct, was at the Community Board 11 meeting in Bayside this month to discuss the break-in trend and how residents can better protect themselves going forward.
“We’ve had sizable decreases over the last year in crime in all categories except for two,” McBride said. “That’s robbery…and grand larceny.”
McBride warned residents about a car break-in trend that the precinct has taken note of in the area, which he attributed in part to the rise in grand larceny.
“What’s been driving our grand larceny crimes up the last couple of weeks has been car breaks,” McBride said.
The deputy inspector told residents that perpetrators looking to commit the crime are looking for two specific things.
“People are leaving their cars unlocked and people are leaving valuables inside.” McBride said. “Even if you’re going into a place for 15, 20 minutes and you’re gonna be in and out: lock your car door; don’t leave your pocket book in the front seat.”
McBride did have some good news to report: the precinct has recently made three separate arrests in connection to the crime trend.
“These are often crimes of opportunity, and that’s what people are taking advantage of,” McBride said. “If you don’t present the opportunity, most of these people will just move on.”