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The RCSP now operates under the Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol (RNSP). The 24-hour hotline remains the same and the Rockaway communities will continue to be covered as usual.

Security Alerts

Attempted Car Break-Ins And Assault. Sunday, January 11 (FR and 5T). Around 9:00 p.m., the RNSP received a call through its 24-hour hotline regarding three men attempting to break into cars in Sutton Park. The three perpetrators took off on foot after being observed by an alert resident. Responding RNSP patrol volunteers followed the perpetrators as they made their way into Far Rockaway. While on Seagirt Blvd., the trio attempted to assault a man who fled quickly and was not harmed. The RNSP dispatcher activated the 911 system and responding NYPD officers took over the matter from there.

Grand Theft Auto. Tuesday, January 13 (5T): Early morning, a white Cadillac Escalade SUV was stolen from Harborview North. A police report was filed and the matter remains under investigation with the NCPD. Additionally, the RNSP video surveillance team is working on retrieving video footage to hand over to the detectives handling the investigation.

Car Break-In. Wednesday, January 14 (5T): Early morning, a car parked in a driveway on West Broadway in Cedarhurst was broken into. A police report was filed and the matter remains under investigation with the NCPD. Additionally, the RNSP video surveillance team is working on retrieving video footage to hand over to the detectives handling the investigation.

  1. Thursday, January 15 (5T): Early morning, a congregation (Kehillas Ahavas Yisroel) and a convenience store next door (Pickwick) on the corner of Peninsula and Branch were burglarized. Although nothing was apparently taken from the congregation, numerous items were stolen from the convenience store. A police report was filed and the matter remains under investigation by the NCPD.

Assault. Thursday, January 15 (FR): Around 5:15 p.m., two men assaulted another man as he was walking on Cornaga Avenue between B. 19th and B. 20th Streets in an apparent “knock-out game” episode. A police report was filed and the matter remains under investigation with the NYPD. Additionally, the RNSP video surveillance team is reviewing video footage of the crime in action to hand over to the 101st pct. Detective Squad.

Subscribe

Those interested in receiving security alerts should please send an e-mail to securityalerts@rockawaypatrol.org and enter the phrase “Sign me up” in the subject field.

Volunteers Needed

The Far Rockaway and Bayswater divisions of night patrols are in need of volunteers. Volunteers are scheduled to patrol once or twice per month between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. Those who wish to join should e-mail their name and cell phone number to dispatch@rockawaypatrol.org.

Places Of Worship And Institutions Risk Assessment

In light of recent terrorist attacks, it is advisable to implement at least a minimum of safety measures and security in neighborhood congregations and institutions. The assessment is an important step in analyzing facilities, identifying security weaknesses, and providing a list of suggested improvements, both in the physical structures as well as in the way it operates on a daily basis. This analysis allows institutions to perform the suggested changes at their own pace and budgetary abilities, or to sign up for professionals to implement those security measures with federal grants; the assessment can also be used when making an application for funds with Homeland Security. Sometimes a few simple measures improve the overall security, making our institutions a less attractive choice for potential criminals of all types. Although RNSP does not make any such official recommendations, since timing is of the essence and there has been an expressed desire for houses of worship to be pointed in the right direction, they are breaking from that policy. As an option for a full security assessment of your facilities, an RNSP member, Eli Chaikin of Elite Security Solutions, can be contacted at 347-433-5320 or EliteSolutions613@gmail.com. He is in charge of the security of a local house of worship and has many years of experience in the field.

Report A Crime

There have been many instances of timely reporting of criminal activity in our neighborhood. All neighbors are urged to call the NCPD, NYPD, and the RNSP in case of all crimes or suspicious activity. The members are neighbors throughout Far Rockaway and the Five Towns, and can respond rapidly. Calling right away greatly enhances the chances of catching the perpetrators.

Light Up Your House

Residents are strongly advised to install and/or activate motion-sensor lights, particularly in these early winter nights and particularly if you own an outdoor video surveillance system. Motion sensors serve as an added deterrent against burglary and car break-ins. In addition, these lights enhance the clarity and accuracy of surveillance systems footage.

Video Surveillance

On many occasions, the RNSP has been able to assist the police in tracking down and arresting criminals after reviewing and analyzing video surveillance footage. It is advisable to install surveillance cameras in front and around the house.

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