June 18: Free Crime Prevention Event Presented By The 62nd And 68th Precincts

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Join officers from the 62nd and 68th Precincts at 8973 Bay Parkway in front of Best Buy on Monday, June 18 at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Officers from the precincts encourage resident to bring their electronics devices, cars and bicycles to the parking lot as they will be performing various community services aimed at preventing theft in the neighborhood.

First on the agenda is Operation Identification, during which officers identify items of value such as cell phones, iPads, iPods, GPS, MP3 players, laptops, dvd players, and etc., engrave them with identification numbers and register the items.

The officers will also permanently etch Vehicle Identification Numbers onto the glass of cars.

The V.I.N. Etching Program prevents car theft because if a thief attempts to remove numbers, it will leave leave a visible mark and make it difficult to sell the glass or the car.

The Bicycle Registration program will also take place. ID numbers will be engraved into bikes and bikes will be registered with the NYPD to discourage theft and alert the police of stolen bicycles.

The police officers plan to discuss the C.A.T. Program, which authorizes the police to stop vehicles between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to determine if the vehicle is stolen. They’ll also speak about the Commuter C.A.T. Program, which is for commuters who park during daytime hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the services offered as well as ask police questions about crime prevention in the neighborhood.