By Sunnyside Post on Apr 26, 2012. Posted in General News
I hope lots of people show up.
The 108 coverage of sunnyside would be a joke if it hadn’t become such a serious issue. lets be honest, there are NEVER police patrolling the area. To have one guy holding three different people up at the SAME location and TIME is ridiculous. I hope the neighborhood shows up in force to (respectfully) let the CO know that the precinct’s current performance is unacceptable.
This is a great idea and another big thank you to Councilmember Van Bramer for his timely response to a community concern. Hopefully, the incidence of jacking up cars and stealing rims has ended with the chase and arrest of several suspects in Nassau County: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/04/25/cops-long-island-police-chase-ends-in-arrest-of-suspected-tire-thieves/
Thank goodness! Look forward to learning how we can help put a stop to this as a community. Law enforcement can’t do it alone – it truly takes a village
My calendar is marked! I’ll be there!
I plan to be there as well Krissi. I hope we as a neighborhood can come together to find ways to stop this problem.
Let’s hope we get some realistic answers from the captain about what’s really going on in our neigherhood instead of the stats they usually like to give us. Everytime I hear them speak they tell us how safe a neigherhood we live in. In the mean time I’ve never heard of so many burgarlys,gropings, and robberies in this neigherhood before now. I hope there s a huge turnout for this meeting. United we stand divided we get raped,groped, mugged, robbed.
Somehow the word has gotten out that if you commit a crime in the 108th, you will probably get away with it. I am sorry that Lt. Wachter is gone – he seemed to really be on top of things and was very pro active himself.
It would seem a police presence on 50th and 48th avenues between 43rd and 48st would help a lot.
Bring facts to the meeting, let them feel ASHAMED and tell them if this continues it will be brought up to mayor’s office and media. When it comes to ticketing vehicles a minute pass their meter, they do their job very well, they are like hawks.
@Webley I couldn’t agree with you more
People could use a police presence near 39th Avenue as well after that poor woman was grabbed and thrown in the bushes. That avenue at night is very deserted.
The whole of Sunnyside needs more cops not just certain areas. I would like to get the mayor involved. He should pay more attention to the crime in our city instead of being so concerned about transfats, sodas, salt and where people can smoke. It’s my choice if I want to drink a gallon of soda a day and have 5 happy meals from mc Donald’s and smoke 2 packs of cigarettes in MY apt. It’s not my choice to walk down greenpoint ave at 7 pm and get a gun put to head or to b groped on 39 th ave.So mr Bloomberg do something to protect the people of your city and stop the Power trip u are on. I would love to see him Monday nite
Many years ago there were beat cops who walked around. ALL DAY. We even knew them by first name. This was true in my grandparents’ day through the 70s and into the 80s then…I don’t know when I first noticed it but it stopped. Of course, patrol by car is useful for responding to 911 calls. We also don’t see cops on bikes anymore (despite all the new bike lanes…you’d think this would be an obvious thing).
Then when I moved to Sunnyside I noticed the occasional one or two cops walking around; this was in 2005. Then just like that, they stopped.
But if you go to 61st Street train station during rush hour there are always plenty around. IMHO the focus on antiterrorism and the reduction of the force by attrition and not having as many new cadets has led to quality of life/street crime going up. It’s more complicated than I think we realize. See NY Magazine a few weeks ago: http://nymag.com/news/features/nypd-2012-4/
All of the above are great ideas but perhaps the most effective device, short of everyone putting bars on their windows and/or arming themselves, is not mentioned and that is video surveillance cameras. I know there are a lot of privacy concerns about the use of cameras on public streets but if you read the literature on home security most authorities will tell you that video surveillance is the most effective way of deterring low life criminals. It is virtual impossible to deter professionals short of walling up your residence or carrying a firearm, which is illegal for most people in NYC. It’s the low lifes who are responsible for most of the quality of life crimes we experience in our neighborhood and who commit the type of street assaults we have been experiencing. The technology on cameras is such that they can record in virtually no light conditions (like for example on 45th Street between Skillman and 39th Ave), and are relatively inexpensive. I for one have no problem with the use of video surveillance and am prepared to sacrifice the minimal invasion of privacy that may result for a safer neighborhood. By the way, most complaints about privacy come from people who don’t want to be recorded being seen with another person who they shouldn’t be with, like a married guy talking a stroll with his girlfriend or vice versa.
@ Webley My thoughts precisely regarding the assignment of police personnel.
@ Oppressed Masses I object to the constant video surveillance of public streets, and I am not married, and therefore have no sneaky behavior to be ashamed of. Hire cops, train them, pay them, take them off the backs of honest citizens and get them after criminals. I’d feel much safer with a well-trained, well-supplied and supported cop on the beat than I would with
a hundred cameras.
The 108 Community Council holds a monthly meeting every last Tuesday of the month, its held right here by Sunnyside Community Center. Its a shame, not that many people show up. Its a great opportunity for people to get their voices heard and to have more of a relationship with the officers.
Last night it was almost comical to realize that the parent of a couple of the drug using kids was sitting there – with a straight face. His kids are part of the problem and the precinct knows it. And so does he.
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