Total arrests and drug offenses up in 2012; officers give advice of preventing burglaries and how to help them catch suspects.
Officer Paul Lamonica and Inspector John Berry
of the Second Precinct joined the crowd at Tuesday night’s property owners
meeting to discuss crime in Levittown and to answer any questions or concerns
Levittown has a total population of about 41,000
with 13,935 homes in the “true” Levittown area, which includes parts of other
towns like Wantagh. The police department receives about 1,000 service calls
per month in that area, Lamonica said.
For residential burglaries, 33 were reported in 2011,
compared to 41 in 2012. A total of six occurred in the first month of 2013,
with two arrests made.
Commercial burglaries went up from eight in 2011
to 11 in 2012, while stolen cars increased from 14 in 2011 to 20 in 2012.
One figure that stood out was the number of
arrests made for drug offenses, which jumped from 100 in 2011 to 213 in 2012.
Lamonica said that residents should consider not keeping any medication in
“That’s another thing to, as far as safeguarding
your homes,” he said. “These days kids are taking Ritalin, that’s a stimulant.
Any form of medication, such as oxycodone, because when they break in, a lot of
them are drug addicts, so they go right for it.”
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The number of total arrests also jumped, from
298 in 2011 to 657 in 2012. Lamonica said part of the increase in total arrests
for 2012 can b attributed to Hurricane Sandy. “If you look at the stats, after
Sandy, arrests were down,” he said.
One resident expressed concerns with the amount
of burglaries so far in 2013.
“Six in a month is kind of high for a cold
weather month,” the resident said. “Do you believe it’s been affected because
of the closing of the eighth precinct?”
“Nothing has changed in terms of police
personnel from the closing of the eighth precinct,” Berry responded. “We still
have the same amount of cars that were out there before, out there now. In fact
we have more special patrols - plain clothed officers than we did before."
The Second Precinct headquarters, however, are
located in Woodbury, so another concern brought up was if response times have
gone up because of that.
“You can always see scenarios that would change
that, but I don’t believe that it’s up that higher than it was last year,”
The main idea the officers wanted to express is
that certain crimes are easier for them to handle, because the majority are
done by people who know each other. However, it’s the burglaries and larcenies
where they said they can use residents help as those crimes are usually
committed by strangers.
“You can help us because you know your home,
your neighborhood better than anyone,” LaMonica said.
If you see something suspicious on your block,
don’t hesitate to call 911 to let police know. Lamonica said that recently a
resident took down the drivers lincense of a suspicious parked car on his
block. It would lead to a burglary arrest by the police.
“Get us that info. so we can investigate it,
that would help us a lot,” Berry said.
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