I have good and bad news for you, Downtown B., about this week’s crime reported in The Brooklyn Paper’s Police Blotter.
Good news – 13 crimes were reported. This may not seem like good news, at first, but the blotter covers eight days. That’s less than two crimes per day.
More good news – There were NO violent crimes and NO injured victims.
Now, for the bad news – 11 of the 13 crimes were preventable. That’s a whopping 85%. With more diligence, we could have cut this down to 2 crimes for the week.
Let’s not be easy marks for criminals. Let’s not help them to take advantage of us and make a free and easy living off of us.
Let’s learn from last week. Here’s a list of “Do’s and Don’ts” to help the good folks of Brooklyn stay safer and to help make the bad guys’ lives harder.
— fall asleep in Starbucks, or any other public place, with your belongings, or without them.
— leave large amounts of cash in gym lockers (even locked), especially if the place has a history of locker lifts.
— leave expensive jewelry in a bureau drawer. Get a safe, or better yet, a bank safety deposit box.
— leave purses behind counters with large amounts of cash in them.
— keep large amounts of cash in purses.
— fall asleep on trains with your belongings, especially at 2:30 am.
— use phone straps and cases.
— lock your apartment doors, always.
— bring expensive bicycles in the house. If you’re short on room, put up a wall rack.
— lock all but the front entrance of business near closing time, especially with a wad of cash in the register.
Stay safe, till next time, downtown B.
Stephen Brown, “Police Blotter,” The Brooklyn Paper