Crime Safety Tips: Lock your doors and windows

January 28, 2013 Helen Klein
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How do you protect your home and car from being burglarized?

It may seem obvious, but maybe it’s not obvious enough – “Lock your doors and windows,” urged Captain Richard DiBlasio, the commanding officer of the 68th Precinct, during the January meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council.

In particular, DiBlasio told his listeners, pay attention to fire escape windows or other openings that provide easy entrance into your home. “Perps go up and down the block trying windows,” he explained. “Some may break side and rear windows and doors” to get access, he added, but leaving an unlocked window or door just makes it easier for them.

Crooks also try car doors to see if they’re unlocked – particularly if something of value can be seen inside. “Don’t leave anything visible inside the car,” DiBlasio told the group.

So far this year, within the precinct, there has been an increase in both robberies and burglaries, two of the seven index crimes that are tracked by the NYPD through its CompStat system. As of January 13, there had been seven robberies in the precinct, compared to four at this point in 2012. Burglaries are up from four at this point in 2012, to nine, so far this year.

Also up, year to date, are felonious assaults. There have been 10 so far in 2013, compared to four at this time last year.

Incidents of both grand larceny and grand larceny auto are down; there have been 11 reported grand larcenies in 2012 compared to 13 at this time last year. There have been three GLAs, year to date, down from five at this point in 2012.

The final two crimes tracked through CompStat are murder and rape. There have been none so far this year, the same as at this point in 2012.

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