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Ozone Park residents say streets aren’t safe

String of robberies and attempted burglaries have left many scared

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 10:30 am

Burglaries are not a new issue in southern Queens. In the last few months, the 106th Precinct has been swatting flies, arresting dozens of suspects in robberies and burglaries in Howard Beach and South Ozone Park.

But some residents on 133rd Avenue near Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park say their block has become a haven for criminals.

Monica, a resident of 133rd Avenue who did not want her last name published, said her car and a neighbor’s garage have been broken into and a woman was attacked with a knife walking home from the bus stop on Cross Bay Boulevard at night.

“It’s really scary around here at night,” she said.

One of Monica’s neighbors, who did not want to be identified at all, said she has seen men attempting to break into cars late at night only to be frightened away by car alarms or drivers passing by.

“It’s not a busy street,” she said. “I’ve called the cops a few times.”

Monica said some of the streetlights nearby were not working, but the ones on the block were all on as of Monday night.

“But I don’t think that’s what is causing the problem,” she added.

Several neighbors said they have installed security cameras around their home and have caught photos.

“You can see his face clear as day,” Monica said about one of the burglars.

The NYPD did not respond to a request for comment on the burglaries, but Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, noted there have been a string of burglaries. The location of the burglaries is close to the Centreville section of Ozone Park, where a resident complained about lack of police presence at the March meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council.

Pascale said at the time that plainclothes officers have been patrolling the community. He added that a lot of effort goes into burglary investigations, with reports analyzed, patterns developed and resources allocated to affected areas, but not all are convinced.

“People don’t feel safe here anymore,” Monica said.

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