Thursday, February 20, 2014

Reminder That Even In Carroll Gardens, Burglaries Do Happen

Carroll Gardens is one of the safest neighborhoods in all of New York City. However, that does not mean that crimes do not occur here. Reader B. reached out to me yesterday to alert everyone of a string of burglaries in the area.

Her apartment was burglarized in the middle of the day.  That same day, two more apartments were broken into on the same block. Most probably, the burglars climbed the fire escapes to the roof and gained access the backyard windows.

BJ would like to remind everyone to be vigilant and to not take the relative safety of this neighborhood for granted.  She writes:
I think there is a way our community can help here. First of all, please remind everyone to lock windows. We usually do, but sometimes crack one when it is too warm. In this case, it was closed but not locked and not something I worried too much about given that the window could only be accessed via the roof and then a fire escape -- it faces the gardens between buildings and is on a high floor. Most importantly, if you face backs of buildings and see someone on a rooftop or anything suspicious -- err on the side of calling 911! This seems to be the way this person works and if we all look out our windows and pay attention maybe we can catch this person! Better to make a false call on someone checking out a leak than for others to be burglarized. I know previously I would have dismissed seeing something and assumed it was workers, but no longer!

Good advice, B. Thanks for reminding all of us that we are not immune to crime here in Carroll Gardens.


Anonymous said...

What block was burglarized?

Anonymous said...

Two units in our building on Union b/t Court & Smith (including ours) were broken into last week.

Anonymous said...

Another idea is to put the number of your building on the back side so that people across the backyard can report the address of the possible intrusion. That's what was suggested to us back in the late 80's when crime was rampant all over the city.

Katia said...

That is a great idea. I most certainly would not know the address of the house across the backyard from me. Any identification would make it much easier to report a break-in if I had to call the police.

Anonymous said...

Good advice. No longer should we give anyone the benefit of the doubt.

Mark B.
Park Slope resident from '71 to '96

Max Van Der Cock said...

This could be an issue in the summer as well as all too often folks put air conditioners in the windows and leave them essentially unlocked... Stay safe everyone and lock your windows! (I always do).

Katia said...

Impressive name, Max