On Monday, one of my married children was pick-pocketed on Utica Avenue in the morning hours. The thief stole a credit card and spent $600 in 15 minutes.
My children didn’t want to prosecute because of fear of reprisal.
On a previous occasion, after a burglary, a police officer told my child “not to fear revenge.” The child answered: “When they find me cut up and dead in an alley, what will you say then?”
If my child would have said to the officer, “I want a signed, witnessed guarantee of 5 million dollars for any harm that might come to me,” do you think the government would agree? I don’t think so.
There are possibly hundreds of unreported crimes per week in New York City due to fear. Seems like one cannot feel ‘at home’ or relaxed in their own neighborhood…
I hope to get other cases come to light so we can publicly air the situation in our community and city because the message we are giving is that “crime pays!”
Boruch N. Hoffinger