According to Captain Larin, commanding officer of the Upper West Side’s 24th Precinct, which extends from West 86th Street to West 110th Street, there has been a rash of grand larcenies- thefts of unattended property in Riverside Park. Items taken include credit cards, electronic devices and cash.
In response the 24th Precinct is conducting operations in the park and has a daily uniform presence during the day.
It is important that you do your part too!
Safety tips to safeguard your property from Captain Larin and the Schools Unite Network:
- Carry as few valuables as possible while enjoying a day in the park-opportunists target valuables left unattended next to sunbathers, next to you on a park bench, on the volleyball court, or soccer field.
When items are absolutely necessary, consider attire that has zippered pockets or any other type of lining to secure valuables. You may wish to only take the credit/debit card you plan to use, a metrocard, a small amount of cash and a password protected device.
- Report crimes to 911 immediately so the perpetrator has less time to flea the area. See this link for helpful information to report to the police if you are victimized http://sunnyc.org/report-incident-resourceinformation-request
- Review the links to Apple and Android apps developed to help recover and disable your device if stolen/lost:
Below are some of the dates and time of crimes in the park and arrests made by the NYPD:
- 6/17/14 7:45pm
- 6/28/14 3:00pm
- 7/22/14 6:00pm
- 7/24/14 6:00pm
- 7/28/14 8:00pm
- 7/29/14 1:00pm Arrests: 3 adults (regrettably, the complainant was unable to identify them, however, they were arrested on other charges.)
- 7/30/14 12:21pm Arrests: 5 teenagers
- 7/30/14 7:50 pm Arrests: 2 teenagers and one 12 year old
Have fun and stay safe!
Your friends at the the Schools Unite Network
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