We live in a beautiful, safe and secure community; however we need to stay vigilant and aware. Criminal activity has been on a rise in our community in recent months, an issue that raises serious concern for me as your elected representative in the New York State Assembly and as a father and lifelong resident of Rockaway. The New York Police Department (NYPD) has a difficult job and we are lucky to have Captain Scott Alexa and Deputy Inspector Michael LiPetri leading our precincts, but they need our help. As your Assemblyman, I urge you to work together with your neighbors to maintain a constant sense of vigilance. Doing so will go a long way toward preventing crime in our neighborhoods.
According to the latest combined police statistics from the 100th and 101st precincts, burglaries have skyrocketed 71.45 percent, felony assaults have soared 41.5 percent and robberies have risen to 17 percent from last year. While it is unnerving to think that such activity is happening in our neighborhoods, we can take immediate action to prevent it. Now more than ever, if you see something, say something. Don’t hesitate to report suspicious activity in your neighborhood. The NYPD Crime Safety Bureau suggests enhancing your own personal safety by:
- reducing or eliminating opportunities that may make you a target;
- increasing awareness in places you are most comfortable;
- trusting your instincts; and
- preparing your daily schedule with safety in mind.
The NYPD has more information on personal safety and criminal prevention on its website (www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime_prevention/personalsafety.shtml).
Additionally, if you have any information regarding a possible crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, text “TIP577” and your message to “CRIMES” (274637) or submit a tip online at the local Crime Stoppers website
Being able to live, work and raise our families in a safe community will continue to be a priority for me as your Assemblyman. Bringing community crime prevention programs to our neighborhoods are important first steps in ensuring safety and security in our community. Whether you have 10 hours or two hours a week free, your efforts in keeping Queens safe will go a long way in preventing further increases in criminal activity. I urge you to attend our monthly Precinct Community Council Meetings spectacularly run by Danny Ruscillo in the 100th precinct and Justin Cauley in the 101st.
To express interest in one of these programs, to find out about monthly meetings or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me at my district office at 718-945-9550, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.