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‘Recidivist’ car thief caught by 106th Precinct


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An auto theft “recidivist” was arrested for grand larceny auto by cops from the 106th Precinct on Monday, police said, their second major arrest of an alleged car thief in the last month.

Richard Hobbs, 27, of Lindenwood, was caught behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle early Monday morning by plainclothes officers, cops said.

He was connected to the theft of two other vehicles just two weeks prior to this arrest, according to police.

Furthermore, cops were able to link Hobbs to four car break-ins in Howard Beach, police said.

In July, the cops from the 106th Precinct arrested a teenager in Howard Beach for breaking into vehicles throughout the neighborhood. At the time of the arrest, the alleged thief had property from at least five other cars, according to police.

Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, has been out-spoken at community meetings, giving tips to residents on ways to keep their cars and property safe.

After the arrest of what he called the “auto-theft/car-break-in recidivist,” Schiff tweeted gleefully, “Let’s hope he goes away 4 a long while!”

After the two arrests, area residents are hopeful the worst is behind them.

“It is my hope that the arrests will help slow down these types of crimes in our community,” Joanne Ariola, a resident of Howard Beach, said.

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Howard Beach COP starts patrol


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Photo courtesy of Joe Thompson

Howard Beach and its surrounding neighborhoods have added another set of eyes on the street as the Civilian Observation Patrol officially started their watch on Aug. 19.

“In a short amount of time we have been able to accomplish a lot,”  said Joe Thompson, founder of the Howard Beach Civilian Observation Patrol (HBCOP), a nonprofit organization. “Things are going really well.”

The patrol team has been going out through the neighborhoods of Lindenwood, Howard Beach, Old Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach for the past week. Thompson, joined by two to three members of the team each night, patrols the neighborhoods in the organization’s newly donated watch vehicle, which they are hoping will have an amber patrol light on top of it in the near future if approved by Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff of the 106th Precinct.

HBCOP has about 15 members at this point and is doing its patrol strictly as a not-for-profit organization with no affiliation to the NYPD yet. To be fully recognized by the NYPD all members must first complete the Citizens’ Police Academy program, according to Thompson. Until then, he will be putting all of his members through security training programs that will properly prepare them to patrol.

Even though Thompson started the patrol in hopes of deterring crime from happening, he says he and his patrol team are looking to help the community in many different ways.

“We want to be able to assist the community with all types of quality of life issues,” Thompson said.

Along with assisting the 106th Precinct in “The Loop,” HBCOP will be helping out Hamilton Beach in its annual baby parade and are looking for ways to help out in the Columbus Day Parade in October. Thompson said they will also try to assist in graffiti removal programs as well as helping to clean up Charles Park.

“We want to be embraced by the community and let them know we are here to help out,” he added.

To find out more about HBCOP, visit their new website at hbcop.com.

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106th Precinct to use Twitter to address noise complaints


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Screenshot via @NYPD106Pct

Updated on June 17, 2 p.m.

 SALVATORE LICATA and PAULINA TAM

The 106th Precinct is taking to Twitter to stop noise from trending.

The precinct commander, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, said at Wednesday’s Precinct Community Council meeting that he is launching a special initiative this weekend where local residents can report noise complaints via Twitter to @NYPD106PCT.

“If you have a noise complaint, report it on Twitter, with the address, and we will hopefully be there within minutes,” Schiff said.

He said noise complaints in the area have been “extreme.”

Schiff used a similar tactic earlier this week when he asked residents to tweet a picture and location of a particular type of graffiti to add charges to the tagger he had in custody.

The noise complaint strategy went  from June 13 through June 15 and three residents can tweeted out their noise complaint issue, according to a spokesman for the 106th precinct.

“We are tired of telling people to lower their music and then once we leave it goes back up,” Schiff said.

They responded to 31 noise complaints and issued 20 summonses, a spokesman for the 106th precinct said.

The investigation was part of Operation Silent Night, an operation  by the 106th precinct that explored noise complaints tweeted by concerned citizens.

“We’re not killjoys but we’re out there doing what needs to be done,” the spokesman said.

 

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Local precincts hosting seminar to combat 53 percent increase in domestic violence crimes


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Domestic violence crimes have increased over 50 percent in south Queens and cops are reaching out to bring awareness to the community.

“There are laws we obey. There is a population out there that you cannot prey upon, including your family,” said Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, commanding office of the 106th Precinct.

The precinct is teaming up with the neighboring 102nd Precinct to host a seminar on domestic violence awareness on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fair Field Pavilion, 131-10 101st Ave. in Richmond Hill.

The seminar is “open to anybody who wants to come,” Schiff said, and will feature guest speakers from the district attorney’s office, mayor’s office, social workers and psychologists.

The 2013 year-end statistics showed a 53 percent increase in domestic violence assaults in the 106th Precinct, Schiff said.

The NYPD expanded the definition of domestic violence to include all couples, spousal or not, as well as long-term roommates.

“The definition has expanded, so have the crimes,” Schiff said. “That contributes to the increase.”

During the seminar and also through efforts to curtail the crime, police will educate victims, mainly women and children, and detail how they respond to domestic violence reports, including the initial response and possible remedies for the situation.

Cops will also seek out aggressors and “educate them.”

“We want them to know this is what can happen to you should you lay hands on your family,” Schiff said.

 

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New 106th Precinct Commanding Officer plans to tackle tough issues


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Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff knows he came to lead the 106th Precinct for a reason, and he’s ready to get to work.

“I think I’ll be an asset here. My abilities lend it,” said the new Commanding Officer. “I worked well with my old community, and that’s always a big thing on the Police Commissioner’s agenda.”

Schiff, 46, started as head of the precinct on September 26 after Deputy Inspector Thomas Pascale, who held the top spot for three years, was transferred to a new assignment at Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.

The 17-year NYPD veteran sees a number of “trends” he plans to address during his time in the 106, which serves south central Queens, he said.

Community involvement and working with residents he hopes will create a mutually beneficial relationship between the precinct and the neighborhoods. He and his team have been and plan on attending various community meetings and establishing connections to ultimately reduce crime.

As the previous Commanding Officer of the 76th Precinct in Brooklyn, Schiff said he was able to reduce crime through specific initiatives, one of those being what he called the “Spot-it-to-Secure-it Initiative.”

Spot-it-to-Secure-it will involve “putting a cop on foot” to identify any visible valuables in parked cars, he said.

If this is the case, the officer will notify the car’s owner, because “if we can spot it, so can thieves,” Schiff said.

He said to further the initiative, cops could also be on the lookout for any windows accidentally left open or any part of a home that could make it vulnerable to break-ins.

Schiff knows that noise and parties on private properties can sometimes pose a problem in the area, so he plans on educating all party throwers and goers with what permits are needed and what noise level is permitted, and also punishing any repeat offenders.

He is aware of the area’s “big bar presence” and wants to monitor any bar or club patrons once they leave the location and also keep tabs on the illegal consumption of alcohol by minors.

Also, Schiff plans to monitor pawn shops around Resorts World Casino, gang-related issues in specific sections of the precinct and crime committed by youth, typically in certain corridors.

He also wants to educate homeowners on blocked driveway incidents.

Schiff’s concrete plans come from years of experience as Commanding Officer of the 76th Precinct in Carroll Gardens and over three years in the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush.

“Now what we’re doing is involving the community,” he said. “In order for [them] to help the precinct out, they have to know what’s going on. They have to know who we’re looking at.”

 

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