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Eight Months After Neighbor Was Assaulted, She Was Burglarized At The Same Location


A neighbor who was assaulted and robbed at the corner of E 18th Street and Dorchester Road in October was burglarized last month at the same location, prompting the woman, who wished to remain anonymous, to reach out to us and ask what can be done about security in our neighborhood.

The neighbor, who lives in a locked building that can only be accessed via key or being buzzed in, told us:

I left my apartment at 6:30pm on Friday, July 11. I returned at 9pm. In that window of time, the tires and seat were stolen from my bike that was locked to the railing of my floor just outside my unit door, like all the other tenants’ bikes. This bike has been locked in the same place undisturbed for 10 months. I called the police; they came and took a report. According to my building’s super, the theft wasn’t caught on the multiple surveillance cameras located in the building. However, one week later, the super’s tools were stolen out of a locked hallway closest inside the building, and that was caught on surveillance.

The neighbor wrote to us that she is “not sure what is going on in Ditmas Park, since I only moved here a year ago, but I am very much looking forward to the end of my lease.”

While overall crime in the 70th Precinct is down (burglaries, for example, have dropped 19.6 percent compared to last year, though felony assault has risen 13.6 percent), it is far from nonexistent. And, with this individual saying she is moving out specifically because of crime, it begs the question: What do you think can be done to address crime here?

By coincidence, we were also sent this video yesterday, which gives some helpful information about burglary in the city:

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  1. I am surprised to hear that burglaries are down. Personally, It’s been a very long time since I’ve heard about as many thefts & burglaries as I have in the past few months. I personally had 2 bikes stolen from my gated front yard just 2 weeks ago. Both were chained & locked inside my yard.
    I reported it to the police and was told that a policeman would stop by to take a report. He never showed up so I went to the precinct & filed a report.
    I think we have to attend Community Board meetings & bring attention to our concerns. At one time, we had officers patrolling the streets on scooters. There used to be a beat cop by the Synagogue on Dorchester Road. I rarely see community officers anymore.

  2. Between the N/S boundaries of Cortelyou and Dorchester Roads, and the E/W boundaries of E16th and Ocean Avenue, there have been 21 reported crimes from JAN 2014- JUN 30 2014. 8 robberies, 8 grand larcenies, 3 felony assaults, and 2 burglaries.* If that doesn’t scream “hot spot policing” I don’t know what does.

    *source: http://maps.nyc.gov/crime/

  3. Not surprised – the less cops that go out to report it the less crime reported. They figure the community members are too lazy to go in.

  4. That video, oy. They could have just summed it up on one sentence: There’s really nothing renters can do to prevent burglary.

  5. I lived in Ditmas Park for around nine months and probably saw four police officers on foot, ever. This is within the entire neighborhood, from up by Church ave, to down by Midwood. Most of the streets are poorly lit and isolated, and before I knew how unsafe the neighborhood was I was walking on Ditmas Ave at around 11pm with headphones in and was also victim of a “knockout” attack (on 18th and Ditmas, one block away from the woman in this article). Scarier than the fact that I was attacked was the only people on the street were completely unconcerned. Growing up in New York City, I have lived in many different neighborhoods and never have I experienced such ignorance and general coldness as when I lived in Ditmas Park. Most people in the neighborhood seem unaware, passive and disconnected from those who are trying to build a sense of community. I lived in a “secure” building where you had to be buzzed in, and the tenants didn’t have the ambition to close the front door.

    What can be done about security in Ditmas Park? More street officers will help. But, be aware. Give a shit. That helps as well.

  6. I haven’t viewed the video so I may be repeating but there are a few pro-active things a woman can do. Robbers profile their victims. Unfortunately women and the elderly are the easiest targets. A woman in high-heels is a target. Flat shoes and a swift walk can make a difference. It means you are not worth the chase. Stay away from dark areas. Walk with other people. There’s safety in numbers. Keep your valuables (phone, keys, cash) in your coat pocket, not your purse. The only thing I keep in my purse is my umbrella and a book. Walk against traffic. Some robbers have a partner following in a car for a quick getaway. Neighbors should organize and pressure our local precinct to protect us better. Hovering helicopters do not inspire a feeling of security. I only learned about the National Night Out Against Crime now – from this blog. I would not have been able to make it. The 70th Precinct could reach out to co-op and condo building management companies and homeowners or set up a booth at the Farmer’s Market on Sundays to communicate with the neighborhood.

  7. I’ve been in the neighborhood all of my life. Although this has never been a high crime area it is Brooklyn… People have been stabbed, shot, robbed right here in this neighborhood before. Yes we have new neighbor’s but please don’t be naive, This is Brooklyn. There is no neighborhood in Brooklyn that I would leave my bike chained up outside overnight in. Bike culture is so prominent now that a thief can easily steal a bike and resell it in another neighborhood for $50-$150 bucks(I’ve been offered a bike for sale at 3 am after leaving Bar Chord myself) . Either you buy thief proof locks for your frame/tires/seat post or leave it to luck. As far as the police presence it would be nice but I don’t think they are going to set up a Bike theft task force anytime soon. If you value your bike bring it in your apt/house like i do.

  8. I’m sorry you were the victim of an assault, but I don’t buy your assertion that the people of Ditmas Park are cold, ignorant, and disconnected, not even by a long shot. What did you do to “build a sense of community” in your nine months here?

  9. Very sorry to hear that. Just out of curiosity, could you provide a little more context about your attack? Are you male / female, age / build, did they sock you for fun or for robbing you, etc.

  10. Thank you. I was 29/F and average build. Tall. A group of kids ran past as a teenager punched me in the back of the head. Wasn’t robbed, he was just showing off.

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