Southern Brooklyn

Looting Not That Bad, Police Presence High

One of the bay’s bungalow communities. Source: Brooklyn Ski Club

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, we’ve all seen the images reflecting the fear of widespread chaos and looting. Luckily, according to NYPD data released in a New York Daily News report, the level of major crime post-Sandy has been down, and looting, the crime most feared during a week of recovery, has only shown a minor uptick.

The encouraging numbers reflect the smart decision the NYPD made in deploying its units in preparation for dealing with the storm’s aftermath. A police source told Sheepshead Bites that approximately 125 additional police officers were dispatched to our area in the days following the storm. The main objective of the expanded police presence was to prevent looting by keeping a high profile. They were mostly dispatched to hard hit residential areas such as Gerritsen Beach and Manhattan Beach, as well as Emmons Avenue, but high police visibility was the goal throughout all of Zone A.

The efforts to combat the potential crime and looting seems to have paid off according to the crime report. Grand larceny was down 48 percent, robberies were down 30 percent, and felony assaults were down 31 percent. The only area of crime that saw a minor increase was burglary, as it rose three percent compared to the same week last year.

“The fact that burglaries are up is not surprising,” NYPD Spokesperson Paul Browne told The Daily News. “There are a lot of unlit areas.”

This minor increase in burglary aside, Browne added that the crime and looting rate during the post-Sandy recovery week doesn’t even compare to previous blackouts New York City suffered in the past.

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  1. Capt. Chell and his precinct have done an outstanding job. Thank you very much to him and all his officers who are protecting us in cold dark manhattan beach.

  2. okay so maybe sheepshead bay and the city at large, but a 70 year old man was beat up two nights ago in rockaway and NYPD almost refused a red cross truck entry because it was almost dark and they were afraid the looters would overrun the truck. 8 million stories in the naked city and we only hear the ones that put the powers -that-be in a good light. Mayor Mike needs to get off his ass and fix his city and pay less attention to spin. You can spin anything and usually do.

  3. okay 2nd comment: blatant spin. rockaway is a war zone. citizens getting jumped and protecting houses with knives. NYPD only patrolling neighborhood entrances and tuesday, almost refused a red cross truck (the only one) entry due to fear after dark looters would overrun it. you can spin anything and of course the best spin is to put the powers-that-be in a good light. Mayor Mike needs to get off his arse and fix his city. Fail. Fail. Fail.

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