Tired of it: Ridgites demand more police following rim-and-tire thefts

Jacked: Thieves pilfered the wheels off this Honda Accord parked on Shore Road near Narrows Avenue on Aug. 12. The site is a common occurrence in Bay Ridge.
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Is Bay Ridge backsliding to the bad old days?

Residents are demanding the 68th Precinct deploy more officers to patrol Shore Road in response to a slew of recent tire-and-rim thefts. Police sent out more plainclothes officers in March to crack down on the ride raiders, but that did not put much of a dent in the thieves’ ambitions, said one local.

“The police need to step it up,” said Joe Mullaney, a lifelong Ridgite who regularly parks along Shore Road. “They’ve become more brazen. It’s definitely more frequent, I’d say I see one car on cinder blocks with no wheels a week.”

Still, precinct brass feels the situation is improving, a community affairs officer said. Up to five plainclothes officers are roaming the three-mile stretch on any given shift — that’s in addition to the usual patrol — and police point a recent lack of reports as a sign of progress, he said.

But many Ridgites don’t bother filing a police report due to the hassle, so the full extent of the issue remains unclear, according to Community Board 10 district manager Josephine Beckmann.

“Often times, I’ve spoken to people who’ve just replaced it and didn’t want to deal with it,” said Beckmann. “The challenge is making the police aware of it, and it’s hard to do that when reports are not being filed.”

The thieves are targeting Japanese cars — predominantly Hondas and Toyotas — along Shore Road, according to police. And the verdant stretch is convenient for crooks for whom park foliage provides cover to do their dastardly deeds, said one local.

“It’s quiet and dark down there,” said Joe Domante, who lives in Bay Ridge and parks his car in the area. “It’s a perfect spot for them.”

There may be a lack of reports, but Ridgites are quick to document and circulate photos of cars marooned on concrete blocks on social media. And residents have complained to the community board about the thefts as recently as Aug. 24, Beckmann said.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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bkmanhatman from Nubrucklyn says:
White on White crime!
Aug. 25, 2016, 8:51 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
The over night uniformed patrol officers in the 68 spend more time napping and on meal break than on patrol. A chronic failure of supervisors.
Aug. 25, 2016, 9:14 am
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
according to NYPD Compstat, for the 4 weeks period ending 8/7/2016, the 68th precinct received about 18% of all Grand Larceny Auto Thief crime complaints in Brooklyn South; A very unusually high number.
Aug. 25, 2016, 9:25 am
ty from pps says:
Does this particular case in this photo have anything to do with that driver blocking the driveway/curb cut?
Aug. 25, 2016, 12:02 pm
Jjm from C. Hill says:
@john..or on their iphones.
Aug. 25, 2016, 12:05 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I wouldn't be surprised if whoever did it was probably a member of Transportation Alternatives.
Aug. 25, 2016, 3:49 pm
Jjm from C. Hill says:
Whoever is doing this must really know who, where & when is the neighborhood patrolled. It all boils down to knowing your enemy.
Aug. 25, 2016, 4:06 pm
Alice from Park Slope says:
The author of this article must not be very clever. Bay Ridge has no bad old days, it was oneo f the few neighborhoods that was nice in Brooklyn in 1980s.
The blocks around Shore Road are almost never patrolled, so it wouldn't take a criminal mastermind to do this. Might help if the police increased their auxiliary force. This is just the kind of patrolling that would be fine to have volunteers do.
Aug. 26, 2016, 3:40 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Alice, they hire all their reporters from Massachusettes and Vermont.
Aug. 26, 2016, 10:20 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Another thing that won't surprise me would be if the one who is impersonating me is probably the one who most likely stole those tires and rims.
Aug. 26, 2016, 6:38 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
One more thing that wouldn't surprise me is if my latest crime will force me to register as a sex offender.
Aug. 27, 2016, 6:53 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Another thing that won't surprise me would be if my penis fell off due to gangrene and I wouldn't even know it. Because of my enormous meat apron, I haven't seen it since the Koch years.
Aug. 29, 2016, 9:23 am

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