Most Crime Categories down in Howard Beach,  but Auto Break-ins Still an Issue

Most Crime Categories down in Howard Beach, but Auto Break-ins Still an Issue

Forum Photo by Michael V. Cusenza

Capt. Bohannon addresses the community’s concerns at Monday’s meeting of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic.

By Michael V. Cusenza
Captain Brian Bohannon, commander of the 106th Precinct, delivered good news and a sliver of bad news to residents who attended the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic meeting on Monday.
Let’s start with dessert: According to the latest City Police Department year-to-date statistics, overall crime in Howard Beach has declined by more than 13 percent, compared to the same period last year. Nearly every one of the seven major index felonies are down (murder has stayed the same.)
However, the bad news is that recently there has been a slight uptick in automobile break-ins, a problem which has plagued parts of Howard Beach over the past couple of years.
“We do have an identified [perpetrator] for at least five of the incidents,” Bohannon reported. “My Warrant Squad is currently looking for him. I’m very confident that he will be in handcuffs very soon.”
And with the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner, Bohannon addressed the issue fireworks.
“If we see you with [fireworks], we’re going to seize them, we’re going to summons you, and you might be libel for an arrest,” he warned, later noting that all fireworks confiscated by the NYPD are destroyed in the Bronx via a controlled demolition.
In other Civic news, City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced at Monday’s meeting at St. Helen Catholic Academy that he has secured mechanical broom service for Cross Bay Boulevard. Beginning the second week in July, a Sanitation vehicle will sweep the thoroughfare from Liberty Avenue all the way down to 165th Avenue. The service is scheduled for every Tuesday, midnight – 8 a.m., for 36 weeks.
“I spend a lot of time on Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park and Howard Beach, and I can’t tell you how disappointing it is to see all the litter and garbage,” Ulrich added.

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