Police on Fort Greene, Clinton Hill burglaries: Don’t be a victim

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Lock it up.

That is the message of the top cop at the police precinct serving Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, which saw four break–ins, four car burglaries, and two car thefts reported last week. Most of the loss could have been prevented, as three of the auto incidents were probably the result of an unlocked door, and three of the apartment break-ins involved an open window.

“I know it’s hot,” said Capt. Peter Fiorillo, commanding officer of the 88th Precinct. “But I’m asking people to be a little more cautious.”

Fiorillo suspects the rash of thefts is the result of a few bad apples.

“We have a few people doing a lot of crime,” he said.

A certain recidivist may be responsible for these incidents, since the number fell off while he was incarcerated, Fiorillo said.

“It goes to show it’s a good thing if you can put them away,” he said.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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jjm from c hill says:
Sounds like a bunch of transients that dont know any better. To put it bluntly, you're not in your sleepy lil town anymore where you can leave your windows & doors unlocked. You are in BROOKLYN, NYC. You live amongst people who are barely surviving out here by the skin of their teeth. Heck, you're probably only in BK because you fell for the ol' "hot-up-and-coming-neighborhood" crap that the real estate speculators are steadily yapping their gums about. Either smarten up or go back to wherever you came from.
July 11, 2014, 12:23 am
fort greene crime victim says:
This is a little simplistic from the commander of the 88th Precinct. We reported one of the break-ins, and the unlocked window in question was covered by bars. The window was open because we do not have air-conditioning.

These are adept, professional criminals. He is quite correct in that.
July 11, 2014, 8:58 am
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
Okay jjim, so because people are "barely surviving by the skin of their teeth" this amounts to a justification for crime and people who don't like it can leave? That's a limp argument if the Chooch ever heard one. A more honest position would be to declare your support for a violent revolution against gentrification ... or get off the pot.
July 11, 2014, 10:23 am
jjm from c. hill says:
@Chooch, Im not justifying anything. Im just saying to people to wise up & be mindful of your surroundings. I think if some the vics were a lil proactive in getting to know people from the area & communicate with them, especially with people from the projects, then maybe they would have a lil bit of immunity if you will.
July 11, 2014, 11:49 am
jjm from c. hill says:
@Chooch, for instance some lady this morning, most likely a transient, greeted me & said "good morning" as i walked down franklin ave. Those type of transients i can respect because she could pretty much tell im a native ny'er & she communicated with me. So i wouldnt want anything bad to happen to her. You get my drift?
July 11, 2014, 11:54 am
Vinny Polack from Greenpoint says:
@fort greene crime victim

How did they get in if there were bars on the windows?
July 12, 2014, 12:06 pm
ty from pps says:
WHAT, jjm??!

So, a 'transient' said good morning to you... WHAT?! What about the non-transient types that don't say good morning to you? Eff them? Or do they get a pass because... umm... Yeah, jjm, no one gets your drift because you're an idiot.
July 14, 2014, 4:40 pm
ty from pps says:
jjm -- Why do I have a feeling you are the type that are out on the sidewalk telling women to smile for you.
July 14, 2014, 4:42 pm

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