By COLlive reporter
Overexaggerated or underreported?
Jewish store owners and residents are pointing to numerous incidents of crimes being committed in the Crown Heights neighborhood over the past week as a worrying indication of a spike.
In conversations with COLlive.com, a few of them reported an electric scooter stolen in a store in plain sight, a cellphone and iPad stolen from the checkout counter at a store on Kingston Avenue, a resident attacked by a group of thugs with sticks, and another threatened by a man who appeared to be mentally ill.
This is in addition to the ongoing theft of delivery packages that are regularly stolen from the front doors and courtyards of homes in the neighborhood.
“Crimes that are called petty crimes such as car break-ins, parcel theft and property damage almost always go unreported,” said one resident who asked to remain unnamed.
He said the immense volume of these incidents and their effect on the quality of life of residents, has become an important issue for many residents.
He called on fellow residents to report all crimes, no matter how small, to the police. “The police will not act until there is pressure put on them, and the way to do that is by making police reports for every single crime,” he said.
He suggested that if one is threatened, or witnesses a person trying the door handles of a car, or acting erratic and possibly dangerous, the police should be called.
“When the number of reports spikes, the police will then have to take action to make our community safe again,” they said.
Asked for comment, NYPD 71st Precinct Officer of Community Affairs Mike Baratta said that claims of a spike are not supported by the statistics that are being reported now versus 3 years ago, or 10 or 15 years ago.
“The 71st precinct for the year of 2021 has recorded the lowest amount of crime ever in its recorded history,” he told COLlive.com on Thursday. “We are down in nearly every single crime statistic for 2021 and there are more security cameras, cellphone videos and technology than ever.”
Baratta added, “We always encourage people to make reports if they are a victim of a crime, of course, we want crime properly reported so we can do our best to combat crime if and where it may spike.”
VIDEO: Brazen scooter thief in Kingston Ave. Shop