By Alex Israel
Upper West Siders may have a false sense of security, at least when it comes to their personal belongings.
At a 20th precinct community meeting on Monday, Deputy Inspector Levon Holley reported that as of this month there have been 77 more crimes in the 20th precinct than this time in 2016. The bulk of the increase (73 of those crimes) coming from grand larcenies — thefts of expensive items. He said that there appears to be a “more relaxed sense of security” by residents in the neighborhood. The latest published stats, which are over a week old, show an increase of 63 grand larcenies, to 560 from 497 through the same period a year ago. That’s an increase of 13%.
Holley, commanding officer of the 20th precinct, provided a flyer with a number of tips to combat personal property theft, including:
–Do not hang purses over the back of chairs
–Do not leave property unattended anywhere
–Beware of persons causing a fuss or diverting attention
He handed out the flyer below with more info:
During the meeting, Keri Goldwyn, Director of the Goddard Riverside Community Center’s Uptown Team, spoke on her organization’s work on turning “homeless into housing,” and took questions from residents concerned about their heath and safety. She shared that within the Upper West Side, her team has helped to provide transitional housing for 40 people and permanent housing for 10 people in the last 3 months and urged people to continue calling 311 to report any concerns they had.
Following the meeting, local resident Andy Rosenthal inquired as to whether there were any updates on the crash at the intersection 72nd St and Amsterdam that caused the death of bicyclist Abu Sufian Molliek Rifat.
Holley stated that because the investigation was active he could not provide any additional details to the public at this point. He did share that the NYPD Highway Patrol was in charge of the investigation, and that he may have an update to provide by the time of the next Community Council meeting on November 28, 2017.