‘Hot stuff’ for crooks - 63rd Pct. reports uptick in robberies

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Often considered one of the saving graces of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, the 63rd Precinct is slowly finding itself following the borough's increasing robbery epidemic.

"We've seen a slight uptick in robberies over the last week or so," Deputy Inspector Frank Cangiarella, the commanding officer of the 63rd Precinct, told members of the 63rd Precinct Community Councli last Wednesday. "We're only ahead by three for the month, but it's still cause for concern."

Recently released CompStat statistics show that between Oct, 13 and Oct. 19 — the week before the council meeting — nine robberies had taken place throughout Flatlands, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Bergen Beach and Marine Park. During the same time period last year, only three robberies had taken place.

Between mid-September and mid-October, robberies in the 63rd Precinct increased by three, from 22 in 2007 to 25 this year.

But what a difference a week makes.

The mugging spike brought the precinct, which was showing a 1.5 percent decrease in robberies as of October 12, to a 1.4 percent increase by the end of October 19, statistics show.

The precinct was one of two — the other being the 66th Precinct in Borough Park — to show a decrease in robberies. All others were showing increases, some as much as 15 percent or more.

Cangiarella told members of the 63rd Precinct that he was putting all of his resources toward cracking down on robbers as well as burglaries, which he said have dropped considerably.

"This month, we only had 12 burglaries," he said. "This time last year, we had 35."

Cangiarella encouraged residents to be more mindful of their surroundings when walking back and forth from home.

Neighborhood teens — who make up most of the victims throughout the borough — should also be wary of their surroundings, he said.

"(iPods and cell phones that text) are distractions," he said. "They're also just most of these thieves are looking for."

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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