Written by Carol Frank Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00
Commanding Officer Inspector Steven Williams of the 6th Precinct met with concerned residents on New Year’s Eve regarding the recent burglaries in the northern end of the peninsula. The Record spoke with Inspector Williams who said that leaders of the Mashadi community had requested a meeting with him, as it appeared to them that they were being targeted in the spate of thefts.
He told the Record that he had shown the group visual aids indicating the locations of burglaries all over Nassau County. There has been a rise in burglaries throughout the county and Great Neck is no exception. It was his feeling that Persians were not solely targeted, as three of the break-ins had happened to Asian families. He felt it was “a productive meeting” and that lines of communication had been reinforced with the community.
Inspector Williams stressed that people in Nassau County who witness suspicious behaviors or incidents should not hesitate to call 911. He said, “Folks hear that the City asks people to call 311 for non-emergencies and somehow they think that they should not call our 911 system with tips or concerns. That’s not the case. Our system is well staffed and our people know how to prioritize calls…I know that ‘if you see something, say something’ sounds almost trite, but it really works. If you see something that looks odd or out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to call 911.”
Most of these break-ins have occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at a time when people may be out to dinner or a movie. Inspector Williams reminds everyone that using timers on lights and radios, activating alarm systems if applicable, making sure papers are picked up if away and other common sense safeguards should be implemented. Good, alert neighbors are the last line of defense in protecting homes and neighborhoods.
Inspector Williams added that the recent break-in and capture of the bandit in Thomaston was unrelated to those in the Old Village. The Polo Road incident of assault is not part of the pattern either and that crime is still under investigation.
Meanwhile, officers from the 6th Precinct are doing extra patrols in the area.