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Friday, March 27, 2015

Car vandals smash, grab and run away

By Ashley Helms
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Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
A silver Jeep 4x4 was one of three cars broken into while parked on Riverdale Avenue between West 261st and West 263rd streets on Monday morning next to the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Residents from North Riverdale to central Riverdale were shaken when they awoke Monday morning to find that their cars had been broken into and ransacked on Riverdale Avenue, just steps away from the College of Mount St. Vincent, and at the Imperial garage at 3950 Blackstone Ave.

At least two of them said they have experienced more than one car break-in over the last few years and expressed displeasure with the way the 50th Precinct has handled the crimes.

At the garage, attached to the Imperial apartment building, resident George Golden, 69, said his car and three others were discovered to have been broken into at 8 a.m. on Monday morning. Mr. Golden said the passenger side window of his BMW had been smashed and a roll of quarters and a radar detector were stolen. 

Security cameras had been installed within the last year — after another car was broken into — Mr. Golden said, but on Monday, the cameras did not appear to be working when he approached the security office.

“What worries several of us is that if they got away with it, they will do it again,” Mr. Golden said.

After he called the police to make a report, Mr. Golden said he had to ask the officers for their names because they did not introduce themselves on their own. He said he was instructed to call the precinct on Tuesday for a complaint number and was unsatisfied with the way police had classified the crime.

“They said the crime is criminal mischief, but they broke into my car. That’s more than mischief. It’s destruction of property and a personal assault,” Mr. Golden said.

On Riverdale Avenue, another set of car owners discovered damaged cars and stolen property.

While walking his dog Monday morning, Riverdale Avenue resident John Lynch said he discovered the passenger side window of his 2014 Jeep Patriot had been broken. The perpetrators got away with his GPS and a few dollars after entering the vehicle through the broken window, Mr. Lynch said. 

“I had a leather jacket and stuff to clean off snow in the car too. It seems like they just broke in quickly and got out,” he added.

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DeeC10

The only time the police are around are to hand out tickets or harass our neighborhood teenagers. Forget going to the 50th to file a report, they're annoyed that you're bothering them and treat you like a criminal.

Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Report this
Enforcer11

Agree with DeeC10. It's a goldmine for the city. Car break-ins, robberies have been going on for over 40 years. It's just that these lowlife thugs are more violent. We all know the race they are... but god forbid you call police saying they're walking in Riverdale and are suspicious and out of place. Racist? don't even go there. Jewish people don't rob and break into cars.. so who'd doing it? Time for more cameras, police patrols (less the ticket books). Very sad we can't live normally any more with out fear.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Report this
BobbyJones

No need for the disgusting racism "Enforcer11". I'm actually embarrassed YOU live in our neighborhood and would post something like that. Your attitude does not represent the attitudes of most Riverdalians. If you truly feel that way don't be a coward and PUT YOUR NAME ON IT. To anonymously write something like that in our town newspaper is the equivalent of a teenage punk writing tasteless things in the school bathroom stall.

On the constructive side, I do agree our neighborhood needs cameras and plenty of them. The police can not patrol quiet areas at night because they are needed in not so quiet areas.

Since this dilemma is indeed the case, Riverdale should enroll in the Security Initiative similar to the one Assemblyman Dov Hikind enrolled his Brooklyn district. Assemblyman Hikind secured a $1M dollar grant to install 320 private security cameras throughout Borough Park and Midwood on the premise that they are a terrorist target. The cameras are then monitored or accessed by NYPD.

The safety and security of our neighborhood is of utmost importance to us. If Borough Park is a terrorist target then Riverdale is most definitely a target also. Just recently four extremists were arrested and sentenced to 25 years for plotting to bomb Riverdale. If the cameras are good enough for Borough Park then they are most certainly good enough for Riverdale. I implore everyone to call your politicians and demand for the installation of hundreds of cameras and a similar Security Initiative as in Borough Park/Midwood.

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | Report this
bronxrunner

Bobby Jones is so wrong on so many levels, how do i start?

1) As far as the "Newburgh 4," that was another example of FBI entrapment. Apparantly the terrorism threat was/is so low that the FBI actually has to instigate, foment, arm, train, and lead people into these situations. This is a fact. Look at any so-called terrorist acts done domestically in the past 30 years, and if you scratch just beneath the surface, you will see the hand of the FBI at work. Don't believe me? Google the "Emad Salem" tapes from the first WTC bombing in 93. The FBI set that up, provided the bombs, and allowed the bombing to occur. It's called a "false flag" event, and it is such a shopworn tactic that most people have woken up to it. Maybe Bobby you should too.

2) Hundreds of cameras in the neighborhood? Hey Bobby, maybe you feel comfortable living under the watchful eye of big brother, but I don't. I'd rather take my chances with liberty than be oppressed by "security." If you want to live in the racist Dov Hikind's besieged ghetto, have at it. But don't be bringing that attitude of "oh please police protect me!" to the Bronx.

3) Even if you have a million cameras, that will not prevent any crime. The evidence of this is all the surveillance cam footage we have of crimes being committed. Crooks can still commit the crime. They will just wear hoods, masks etc to conceal their identity.

I don't know what the solution is regarding car thefts and break ins. Maybe don't drive nice cars and/or don't leave valuables in plain sight? But in either case, cameras are not a solution. The only things cameras do is institute more a authoritarian regime over our lives.

Sunday, April 6, 2014 | Report this
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