Dear Crown Heights Residents of Kan Tziva Hashem Es Habrocha,
Every day, over the past month living in Crown Heights we all feel less and less safe by the day, every day it just gets worse and worse.
From the constant high crime that we always had on a regular basis, to the recent stores looting and riots in Manhattan, Bronx and Downtown Brooklyn to the very violent demonstrations on the large streets on the edge outskirts and through Crown Heights, to the constant war zone of fireworks, gunshots and shootings that we are currently living in every night.
It used to be that you would need to be careful when going outside at night, now it is unfortunately so bad that we need to always be careful when going outside during the day and going outside at night is not even a safe option anymore.
On every WhatsApp Group that we are on, And every CH Facebook Group, it is flooded with everyone writing that we need to take back our streets and bring back law and order.
All this is 100% true, but at the same time as planning and preparing for the best outcome of this horrifying situation we are in all around us, we need to be prepared, to be proactive in case Chas Vishalom there is a sudden large increase of violence on our streets.
We need to obviously have Emunah and Bitachon and hope for the best, but at the same time, we need to be prepared if it is bad.
I am not writing this to scare anyone, but just the opposite, I am writing this so we can safely prepare ahead of time to all defend ourselves, our families, our friends, our shuls, our schools, our homes, our businesses and our community if needed. A Chochom thinks ahead, we all need to be realistic to the current situation going on around us, and what we can do to stay safe before it is too late.
Below are a bunch of different ideas to help with the Safety and Security of Kan Tziva Hashem Es Habrocha (If anyone has more ideas, please share them on the comments section below, The more ideas the better).
Firstly as Chassidim of the Rebbe, we must Daven to Hashem and say Tehillim to end this Galus and beg for Moshiach.
We as well need to do our hishtadlus and make a keli which includes:
It is important for everyone to have their Mezuzahs and Tefillin regularly checked, especially now as we are approaching the month of Elul shortly. As well to make sure that all door posts in your home have Mezuzahs.
Store Owners / Store Gates:
We saw what just one night of looting in Manhattan looks like, as well Manhattan “supposedly” is the place with the most Police stationed, Every high-end store with their luxury high-end strong glass windows had their windows broken at best and fully looted and ransacked at worst.
Store owners in Crown Heights that do not have gates, and only have glass windows/doors, should very seriously consider getting full gates on their stores for safety as soon as possible (Although this may be expensive for many stores but this extra cost of installing gates is a much cheaper cost than constant broken windows and property theft…)
As well, store owners that have gates but have see-through sections on the gates so we can all see their display and selection of items when it’s closed, these gates are much less strong, and way easier for people to get through. You should consider possibly either fully filling in the sections that are see through or getting new gates. In the current situation that we are all going through now it is best and safest for all commercial stores to have full covered strong store gates, over gates that are semi-open with the items on display through the glass.
As well a lot of store owners that DO have gates, Only use 1 of the 2 slots to lock their gates, Leaving their gates vulnerable that if enough people lift the side that does not have the lock they can easily get in, as was done to almost every store in the commercial district in South Bronx on June 1st/June 2nd, It only takes an extra 30 seconds to lock the 2nd gate lock every night, all stores should be doing that.
If anyone knows of good store gate installation companies in Brooklyn please share their contact details in the comments section below for all those that it can be helpful for.
Homes / Window Bars:
We can see from the past month that windows break, many homeowners in our community don’t have bars on their windows, leaving their windows very vulnerable to get broken which can give criminals an entrance to a home.
Even with the windows being locked, now with gangs roaming the streets and doing what they want, all it takes is just a few clapping on windows or something strong thrown at a window to get full access to someone’s home. We must take this into account very seriously, I think it is about time that all home owners in our community that don’t have bars on the outside of their home windows on the 1st Floor which is easily accessed to from porch area etc, as well as their basement windows which anyone can have easy access to, front and backyard of the home.
It is time everyone in Crown Heights together gets bars on all their windows that are on these 2 floors where anybody can get to. If there are Chas Vishalom incidents outside this will protect the residents inside from intruders and if the residents are away this will help to protect their home.
If anyone knows of good window bars installation companies in Brooklyn please share their contact details in the comments section below for all those that it can be helpful for.
(It would also be a good idea for someone to arrange is to maybe have a ChessedFund campaign to help subsidize the cost for all those that can not afford to pay the entire cost/as well to get a large discount from a company if there are multiple customers interested, which there should be a mass campaign for all homes in our community to have window bars installed).
Although video cameras may not stop most criminals from committing crimes, after the crime has happened video cameras play a crucial role by viewing what actually took place, and in either identifying the criminals and/or having proof of the crime so the criminal can be fully prosecuted if caught.
In our community, almost every criminal that was arrested at a later time after they ran away from the scene of the crime was because they were able to be identified by video cameras. Because of video cameras/footage, every year lots and lots of criminals attacking our community are identified, apprehended and prosecuted, thus making our streets safer for everyone.
In a time like now with crime overtaking the streets it is very crucial that the more video cameras on homes and businesses the better.
If anyone knows of good video camera installation companies in Crown Heights (I believe there are a few local Lubavitchers right here in Crown Heights that do this) please share their contact details in the comments section below for all those that it can be helpful for.
At a time where the police are almost nowhere to be found, nothing stands between us and the criminals on the streets of Kan Tziva Hashem Es Habrocha.
Shmira and Shomrim, both great organizations, are out all day and all night doing their best for us all, they are also probably currently stretched thin because they are getting double or triple the amount of incidents more than usual that they need to respond to over the past month.
These brave individuals are volunteering their time for you, for us, for our community, but they both need more brave individuals to join to help our community stay safe.
It would be great if all the Yungerlait and older mature working Bochurim in Kan Tziva Hashem Es Habrocha that are able to volunteer some of their time to benefit their community to consider joining one of these volunteer organizations.
Best is if you have a friend or relative in either of these safety organizations to contact and inquire with them directly about possibly joining to help our community, your community.
הנה לא ינום ולא יישן שומר ישראל
A Resident of Kan Tziva Hashem Es Habrocha