April 22nd, 2012

21 Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You…

1.Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
2.Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
3.Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste… And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
4.Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..
5.If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
6.If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it’s set. That makes it too easy.
7.A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
8.It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
9.I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don’t take me up on it.)
10.Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
11.Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids’ rooms.
12.You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
13.A loud TV or radio can be a Good deterrent.
14.Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
15.The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
16.I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
17.I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
18.I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
19.Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address. Parents: caution your kids about this. You see this every day.
20.To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
21.If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.


Gold fever sweeps the criminal underworld

September 6th, 2011

by The Associated Press
Published: September 6, 2011
Gus Rodriguez looks more like a soldier than a jewelry store security guard, with a Beretta handgun strapped to his bulletproof vest, shades wrapped around his shaved head and pepper spray bulging from a breast pocket.

“I am not afraid,” the former Ecuadorean military man says, patting his pistol. “They call me Rambo.”

After a summer of brazen attacks on gold stores, parts of downtown Los Angeles now look more like a militarized zone than a commercial corridor.

The gold fever that has driven prices to an all-time high is also fueling a crime spree in the precious metal. Police nationwide are seeing an uptick in robberies and burglaries related to gold prices, which peaked at $1,891 an ounce last month, up more than $600 from a year earlier.

The FBI doesn’t keep numbers for gold thefts but local police departments have plenty of anecdotal evidence of a spike. Dozens of women have had their necklaces snatched in daylight attacks, burglars are targeting gold in homes and robbers in New Jersey even cleared out a mining museum’s irreplaceable collection of nuggets.

The beauty of gold, from a criminal stand point, is that it’s easy to fence. Rings and necklaces can be melted down — destroying the evidence — and sold. Precious items such as diamonds are harder to alter and easier to trace.

There were at least six Los Angeles gold store robberies in June and July. On Aug. 22, four men with hammers were arrested outside a jewelry store, Los Angeles police Lt. Paul Vernon said.

These thefts were suspected to have been carried out by gang members who covered their faces with hoods and hats, then rushed into stores and swiped what they could in a matter of seconds. One surveillance video shows a shopkeeper being blasted by pepper spray while robbers destroy display cabinets and grab what they can.

“Certainly the surging gold prices motivated these people to want to do these smash-and-grabs,” Vernon said. “They are not trading what they steal at the market value of gold. Even if they get it half that, they are making a pretty penny.”

In Oakland, police say dozens of women have had gold necklaces yanked from their necks on the street. More than 100 similar thefts have been reported in Los Angeles, a rash of robberies is taking place in St. Paul, Minn., and police in Phoenix say muggers chatted up high school girls then ripped their gold necklaces from them.

“We’ve never seen this,” said Oakland police Sgt. Holly Joshi. Most of the victims were robbed while distractedly looking at their phones.

In July, thieves smashed open a glass display in the Sterling Hill Mining Museum in New Jersey and made off with about $400,000 in gold samples collected from mines across the globe.

Rodriguez, the LA security guard, hasn’t had to use his weapon in the four months he’s stood guard. The stocky 44-year-old earned his nickname from gang members who he says regularly look him over as they slowly drive past the shops he patrols.

Most of the jewelry stores on Broadway are low-end enterprises with owners keen to make a quick buck buying jewelry, melting it and reselling it. The street alternates from squalid to splendid, dotted with crumbling former theaters and refurbished art deco high rises.

Opposing forces of gentrification and homelessness play out on the street, where hustlers stand outside cheap electronics stores blasting Mexican music and drivers swoop into secured garages beneath newly renovated apartment buildings.

A couple hundred yards down the street from Rodriguez, another gold store guard pops open the leather clasp securing his .357 magnum pistol when he sees two young men walking toward him.

Oscar Quintero says he’s never had to fully unholster his gun but a few weeks ago thwarted a robbery by blasting pepper spray at a man who tried to run away with a gold chain around his neck.

Crime Prevention Tips and Reminders

July 15th, 2011

> Crime Prevention Tips and Reminders
> Home
> Alarm System: Arm your alarm even if you are going to be gone for a short period of time. If you have a burglar alarm, make sure you have motion detectors and or glass breakage sensors. The burglars are breaking windows and entering homes in an attempt to bypass the alarm system.
> Electronics: Please remember that if you have important information on your home computer, back it up on a separate device or use one of the many on-line back up services that are now available and automatically back up all of your information. It is devastating to lose years of family pictures or other valuable information because a thief took your computer and you didn’t take the time to save that information. Keep a file with all serial numbers of your electronics which can help us recover them.
> Flood Lights: Floodlights with motion detectors can be effective in deterring people from wandering around your driveway or around your home. They are relatively inexpensive and can be installed easily. Once installed, the lights will come on immediately if someone enters that particular area near your home.
> Neighborhood Watch: Please watch out for your neighbor?s property and call us if you see anything suspicious. A good rule of thumb is to call if you wonder whether or not you should call. ?When in doubt make the call.?
> Door-to-Door Peddlers: I have received many calls and emails about the people selling magazines and cleaning supplies. Sometimes these people are extremely persistent or they attempt to pressure people by intimidation. In either case call the police if necessary. They believe if they put enough pressure on residents (and many times they are right) the resident will give them money to get them to leave. This of course just reinforces what they are doing. Do not give money to anyone who comes to your door that you do not know.
> Door-to-Door Scams: A common scam involves people claiming to be out of gas or that their vehicle is disabled. They ask for a loan or money to help them out. This is just an example. Their scams are only limited to their imaginations. Again, do not give money to anyone at your door that you do not know.
> Anytime an individual approaches you and states that they have material left over from another job, whether it is chemicals, asphalt or whatever, be suspicious.
> Phone Calls: Don?t allow tele-marketers or local sales calls to pressure you into contributing money or signing up for services over the telephone for any reason. If you want to donate, ask to be sent something in the mail for your review. Always ask to be removed from their calling list before you just hang up. If you do not do this, they are allowed to call back. To be added to the nationwide ?Do Not Call List?, go to: https://www.donotcall.gov. This will prevent most sales calls to your home. Political advertising/solicitation and charities are exempt from the registry and so you must ask them, each time they call, to remove your number.
> Inventory of Valuables: We have many thefts where people discover their jewelry missing months after they saw it last. It is a good idea to inventory your jewelry, valuable household items and guns and put all valuables in a secure location if possible.
> Video Log of Valuables: Many people take a video camera and video everything in their home. This is invaluable after a fire and sometimes after a burglary. Things are taken or destroyed that you may never miss unless you have some kind of inventory available. There are also professional services that will do this for you. Ask your insurance agent about this idea and whether any of your items need a current appraisal in order for you to make a claim if something is lost or stolen.
> Vehicles
> Hide Valuables: Do not leave any items of value visible from the windows of your vehicle. Lock all items of value in the trunk of your vehicle. If thieves can see inside your vehicle and there is a purse, laptop or anything of significant value inside they will knock a window out to gain possession of that item. Another option is to leave your car unlocked with nothing of value inside.
> Lock Your Car: Do not leave your car unlocked unless it has nothing of value in it and don?t ever leave your keys in your car. Many people have their house key on their car key ring and have a garage door opener inside a car that may be parked outside their home. Some people have a fob which controls their home alarm system on their key ring. This can compromise your personal security and that of your property. Remove your keys each time you leave your car so that no one can gain unauthorized entry.
> Lock Your Car @ Daycare: Thieves have discovered that women who are dropping off or picking up children at day cares are easy victims because they leave their cars unlocked. Please be aware of this.
> Please don?t leave keys on a tire when you go walking. Thieves know that people do this.
> Convertibles: If you have a vehicle with a soft top, be aware that thieves are cutting those tops to steal from the vehicles. It is very expensive to have these tops repaired. It is better to leave these vehicles unlocked with no valuables inside than to have the top cut for an article worth much less than a new or repaired top.
> Personal Safety & Theft
> Parks, Trails, Shopping Trips: If you are out walking in a park or shopping in one of our villages, please pay attention to any suspicious vehicles or individuals. If someone looks out of place call the police department.
> Parking Lots: Always be aware of who is nearby when you?re loading packages into your car. Lock your car before returning a buggy or cart to a store and watch your purse and car keys while loading or unloading your vehicle in a public place.
> Grocery Shopping: When you are grocery shopping, don?t leave an unattended purse in a buggy. It only takes a second for a thief to remove your wallet or purse while you are distracted and you may not notice it until checkout.


January 31st, 2011

You’ve seen it in movies: A girl walks through an isolated parking garage. Suddenly, an evil-looking guy jumps out from behind an SUV. Girl jabs bad guy in the eyes with her keys — or maybe she kicks him in a certain sensitive place. Either way, while he’s squirming, she leaps into her car and speeds to safety.

That’s the movies. Here’s the real-life action replay: When the girl goes to jab or kick the guy, he knows what’s coming and grabs her arm (or leg), pulling her off balance. Enraged by her attempt to fight back, he flips her onto the ground. Now she’s in a bad place to defend herself — and she can’t run away.

Many people think of self-defense as a karate kick to the groin or jab in the eyes of an attacker. But self-defense actually means doing everything possible to avoid fighting someone who threatens or attacks you. Self-defense is all about using your smarts — not your fists.

Use Your Head

People (guys as well as girls) who are threatened and fight back "in self-defense" actually risk making a situation worse. The attacker, who is already edgy and pumped up on adrenaline — and who knows what else — may become even more angry and violent. The best way to handle any attack or threat of attack is to try to get away. This way, you’re least likely to be injured.

One way to avoid a potential attack before it happens is to trust your instincts. Your intuition, combined with your common sense, can help get you out of trouble. For example, if you’re running alone on the school track and you suddenly feel like you’re being watched, that could be your intuition telling you something. Your common sense would then tell you that it’s a good idea to get back to where there are more people around.

De-Escalating a Bad Situation

Attackers aren’t always strangers who jump out of dark alleys. Sadly, teens can be attacked by people they know. That’s where another important self-defense skill comes into play. This skill is something self-defense experts and negotiators call de-escalation.

De-escalating a situation means speaking or acting in a way that can prevent things from getting worse. The classic example of de-escalation is giving a robber your money rather than trying to fight or run. But de-escalation can work in other ways, too. For example, if someone harasses you when there’s no one else around, you can de-escalate things by agreeing with him or her. You don’t have to actually believe the taunts, of course, you’re just using words to get you out of a tight spot. Then you can redirect the bully’s focus ("Oops, I just heard the bell for third period"), and calmly walk away from the situation.

Something as simple as not losing your temper can de-escalate a situation. Learn how to manage your own anger effectively so that you can talk or walk away without using your fists or weapons.

Although de-escalation won’t always work, it can only help matters if you remain calm and don’t give the would-be attacker any extra ammunition. Whether it’s a stranger or someone you thought you could trust, saying and doing things that don’t threaten your attacker can give you some control.

Reduce Your Risks

Another part of self-defense is doing things that can help you stay safe. Here are some tips from the National Crime Prevention Council and other experts:

  • Understand your surroundings. Walk or hang out in areas that are open, well lit, and well traveled. Become familiar with the buildings, parking lots, parks, and other places you walk. Pay particular attention to places where someone could hide — such as stairways and bushes.
  • Avoid shortcuts that take you through isolated areas.
  • If you’re going out at night, travel in a group.
  • Make sure your friends and parents know your daily schedule (classes, sports practice, club meetings, etc.). If you go on a date or with friends for an after-game snack, let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
  • Check out hangouts. Do they look safe? Are you comfortable being there? Ask yourself if the people around you seem to share your views on fun activities — if you think they’re being reckless, move on.
  • Be sure your body language shows a sense of confidence. Look like you know where you’re going and act alert.
  • When riding on public transportation, sit near the driver and stay awake. Attackers are looking for vulnerable targets.
  • Carry a cell phone if possible. Make sure it’s programmed with your parents’ phone number.
  • Be willing to report crimes in your neighborhood and school to the police.
  • Take a Self-Defense Class- www.umac-mma.com

    The best way — in fact the only way — to prepare yourself to fight off an attacker is to take a self-defense class. We’d love to give you all the right moves in an article, but some things you just have to learn in person.

    A good self-defense class can teach you how to size up a situation and decide what you should do. Self-defense classes can also teach special techniques for breaking an attacker’s grasp and other things you can do to get away. For example, attackers usually anticipate how their victim might react — that kick to the groin or jab to the eyes, for instance. A good self-defense class can teach you ways to surprise your attacker and catch him or her off guard.

    One of the best things people take away from self-defense classes is self-confidence. The last thing you want to be thinking about during an attack is, "Can I really pull this self-defense tactic off?" It’s much easier to take action in an emergency if you’ve already had a few dry runs.

    A self-defense class should give you a chance to practice your moves. If you take a class with a friend, you can continue practicing on each other to keep the moves fresh in your mind long after the class is over.

    Check out your local YMCA, community hospital, or community center for classes. If they don’t have them, they may be able to tell you who does. Your PE teacher or school counselor may also be a great resource. www.umac-mma.com


Cops probe North Hempstead home invasions

January 20th, 2011


Cops probe North Hempstead home invasions

Published: December 16, 2010 10:15 PM
By ZACHARY R. DOWDY AND NICHOLAS SPANGLER. zachary.dowdy@newsday.com,, nicholas.spangler@newsday.com

The scene of a home invasion that took

Photo credit: Uli Seit | The scene of a home invasion that took place in, Kings Point, N.Y. (Dec. 16, 2010)


Nassau police hold a news conference, and neighbors Home invasions

He enters at night, usually through unlocked windows or back doors he can pry open, perhaps a screen he can slice and hoist himself through. He prefers to confront girls and women – his victims ranging in age from 5 to 63.

He doesn’t speak, seems to provoke face-to-face contact with his victims, does not spend a lot of time "casing" the locations where he will strike – but he is not interested in money and may have a sexual motive at the root of his crimes.

That’s the profile Nassau police say is emerging of the man they believe committed at least four home intrusions overnight in Great Neck and Kings Point on Sunday and Wednesday – and authorities are concerned that he is getting bolder with each attack.

In fact, one attack Wednesday was reported on Lighthouse Road at 3:15 a.m., 25 minutes after another one was reported on the same street at a home where police were likely still on the scene investigating.

"Of course we’re worried that his behavior is going to escalate," said Det. Lt. Kevin Smith, a spokesman for the Nassau County Police Department, during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola. "There’s no question about that."

The intruder made physical contact with three of four victims, holding a cloth over one teenage girl’s mouth, pinching closed the lips of a 5-year-old girl and holding a knife to the neck of a 61-year-old woman whom he attacked as she slept, police said.

Smith and Chief of Department Steven Skrynecki advised people to close and lock windows and doors, set home alarm systems, and call police upon hearing suspicious sounds.

"We recognize communities are living in quite a state of anxiety right now and we are doing everything we can," Skrynecki said.

Skrynecki said police have been working overnight scanning field interviews of thousands of traffic stops and have begun examining old cases with similar details, including one in 2008 that was eerily similar.

In that instance, a man entered a home in Great Neck and confronted a woman, but no arrest was made in the case, Skrynecki said.

Police are examining forensic materials: They hope to extract DNA material from a hat the intruder left at a home in Great Neck during the first attack Sunday. Skrynecki said police patrols have been beefed up in the area.

"We don’t have a certain motive," Skrynecki said. "But his conduct certainly would lead us to consider that some sexual motive may be in place here, since there have been confrontations with females and there have been opportunities to take property, and he hasn’t taken property."

The most recent attack, at 4:43 a.m. Wednesday, involved a knife that the suspect held against the throat of a 61-year-old woman, who wrestled it away and freed herself after the suspect tried to hold her down in her bed.

She chased him down the stairs and he escaped out a back door.

That attack inside a home on Lighthouse Road was the first instance in which a weapon was used, Smith said, adding that the knife probably came from the woman’s kitchen.

Earlier, at 3:15 a.m. the same day, at a home on Lighthouse Road in Kings Point, a 63-year-old woman woke up when she heard banging and glass shattering in her home, a disturbance that set off the home’s alarm system, police said.

She came downstairs and saw a man silently peering at her and her live-in aide through the broken glass of her back door before he left, police said.

Police said the fact that he lingered to exchange glances with his victim suggests he wanted to be seen by his victims.

That incident occurred as police were likely still at another home on Lighthouse Road, where at 2:50 a.m. the man startled a 5-year-old girl who mistook him for her father.

Smith said the man put his hand over the girl’s mouth, as if to force her to remain quiet.

He may have spent as much as 10 minutes inside the house.

He did not speak or make a sound. But the girl called out, "Daddy?" She screamed, alerting her parents, as the intruder ran outside a rear door, Smith said.

"We’re lucky my husband woke up in time that he didn’t harm us, didn’t harm our kid," said the girl’s mother, who said the man stood in the hallway outside the bedroom of her two children, who are 1 and 5 years old.

He apparently entered the home through a bathroom window, she said.

The mother said she told her daughter that the man had probably lost his way and mistakenly walked into the wrong house.

"She’s not aware of the degree of harm that it could have been," the mother said, adding that she will always set her home alarm system to ward off intruders.

The earliest incident occurred Sunday when the man entered the bedroom of a 15-year-old girl on West Shore Road in Great Neck, and held a wet cloth across her face.

The suspect is described as 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and about 200 pounds. He has black hair and was wearing a wool cap, black jacket, blue jeans and black shoes with silver buckle-type loops on the sides.

Detectives request anyone with information about these invasions to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

Cops probe North Hempstead home invasions

Another home invasion try in Kings Point

January 20th, 2011

Originally published: January 19, 2011 4:09 PM
Updated: January 19, 2011 9:48 PM
By ZACHARY R. DOWDY AND EMILY C. DOOLEY. zachary.dowdy@newsday.com,, emily.dooley@newsday.com

A man attempted to break into a home

Photo credit: Charles Eckert | A man attempted to break into a home through the bedroom window on Gay Drive in Kings Point, police said. (Jan. 19, 2011)


Nassau police are investigating whether a man who they say tried to break into a Kings Point home early Wednesday is the intruder suspected in a rash of home invasions that have terrorized several women and girls.

"We can’t be 100 percent certain it’s the same individual, but it seems to fit the pattern," said Det. Lt. Kevin Smith, a police spokesman.

Smith said a 17-year-old resident of Gay Drive twice heard a noise outside while in her bedroom at about 1:15 a.m. Her family called police, who responded immediately and searched the area.

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Police said the latest incident is the seventh time a man has used a similar method to enter or try to get into homes in Great Neck or Kings Point since Nov. 30. The suspect remains unidentified, police said, and is believed not to use a vehicle.

Police are trying to determine if the suspect is the same man who they say held a wet rag over a 15-year-old girl’s mouth while she slept, who pressed a knife to 61-year-old woman’s throat, or who pinched a 5-year-old girl’s lips to silence her when she discovered him outside her bedroom.

Recently, DNA evidence recovered at the scene of one of the burglaries connected an intruder to a hammer attack on a woman in Hempstead last July and the 2009 kidnapping and rape of a 2-year-old girl in Texas.

In Wednesday’s incident, Smith said, police canvassed the area, spotted the man’s footprints in snow and followed them and his scent with the help of canine units.

In addition, detectives have begun studying a neighbor’s surveillance video, which captured a man wearing black pants, a blue hooded sweatshirt and white shoes or sneakers. That video is being compared to footage provided by Home Depot of the man linked to the Hempstead attack.

Kings Point Police Commissioner John F. Miller said the alarm at the Gay Drive house was engaged but did not go off, adding that the man seems to have trudged through the snow and disappeared in the woods of Kings Point Park.

"I think we came pretty close to getting this guy last night," Smith said.

Smith said it appeared the intruder was using the park nearby to get to and leave the areas he’s hitting.

Marsha Rotman, president of Kings Point Civic Association, said the community has been lucky that no one has been hurt, though the incidents have unnerved both villages.

"I think our luck is running out," Rotman said. "How many times can you be lucky? Eventually something’s going to happen."

Another home invasion try in Kings Point

Masked intruders terrorize Eastport couple

January 8th, 2011


Masked intruders terrorize Eastport couple

Heavily-armed Suffolk County police emergency service officers at

Photo credit: James Carbone | Heavily-armed Suffolk County police emergency service officers at home where suspects were believed held-up at 46 Union Avenue in Eastport. (Jan. 7, 2011)


Armed Suffolk County police emergency service officers outside Eastport couple terrorized by intruders

Two masked men terrorized an Eastport couple Friday, binding them with duct tape and plastic ties and ransacking their house, police said, in a home invasion with echoes of a notorious Connecticut case.

The assailants – one armed with a small black handgun – then ordered the 38-year-old husband to go get more cash or his wife, 37, would be harmed, according to police. The husband drove alone to a Chase bank in Center Moriches, withdrawing an unknown sum from his account, but his demeanor caused an employee to call 911, police said.

Police descended on the bank just as the man was leaving with his cash withdrawal, and the husband told the responding officers about the invasion, authorities said.

Believing there was a hostage situation, Seventh Precinct officers surrounded the house, cordoning off the block in the largely wooded area in a siege that lasted for hours. Heavily armed Emergency Services officers brought an armored vehicle to the scene.

Police said they found the wife bound but otherwise uninjured in the backseat of one of the couple’s cars, which was parked in the driveway of the modest two-story home.

Authorities said the intruders told her to lie on the backseat and be quiet. She didn’t know where the assailants went.

When police arrived, they thought the home invaders might still be in the house and summoned a hostage negotiator before approaching.

It was shortly after 11 a.m. that they discovered the female victim. Hours more passed before it was determined the assailants had left, police said.

Detectives say they believe the house was targeted, but that the victims did not know the perpetrators.

No arrests have been made. Authorities say the burglars took the woman’s diamond ring, the man’s necklace, two computers, cash and wallets.

Police said this is how the incident unfolded:

As the man opened his front door to go out about 9:05 a.m., the two masked men were waiting outside the door. They pushed their way in. The victim struggled with them briefly, but the home invaders overpowered him and bound the man and his wife, also blindfolding them with tape.

At first, the couple was held in their kitchen. Then one of the intruders took the wife to the couple’s bedroom and left her on the bed. After the men scooped up valuables around the house, they demanded more money at gunpoint. The husband persuaded them to let him go to the bank to get more money.

"I think the implication was it was going to be a significant amount of money," said Det. Sgt. John Best.

The wife believes her husband had left when the robbers put her, still bound, in the car – a disabled white Volvo station wagon that was one of many on the property. The husband has a car-scrapping business, police said.

Police said it was unclear why the robbers fled without waiting for the promised cash from the bank. The wife said she was removed from the bedroom 30 to 45 minutes after she was put there.

As the situation unfolded, Eastport Elementary School, a half-mile away, was placed on a modified lockdown Friday afternoon, school officials said. Students were released at their usual dismissal time.

Police blocked access to Union Avenue well into the evening as they continued to collect evidence at the house.

A neighbor, Pete Jespersen, witnessed at least part of the day’s events; he said he saw an officer approach the victims’ house with a drawn gun. He said police told him to leave his backyard and get inside.

At the Triangle Pub, a popular restaurant and bar a few blocks from the crime scene, the break-in was the topic of the night.

"This stuff never happens around here," said Brendan Neary of Eastport. "Everybody knows everybody."

The case was reminiscent, in some aspects, to a Connecticut home invasion that led to the murders of three members of the Petit family in Cheshire in July 2007. During the ordeal, Jennifer Hawke-Petit withdrew money from her bank to appease intruders who ended up killing her and her two daughters. Her husband, who was savagely beaten and bound at the onset of the incident, survived the attack.

"It freaked me out," said bartender Joanne Ziminski. "When I heard about it I thought it was like that situation in Connecticut. This is scary. It doesn’t happen here."

Rash of home burglaries hit Stony Brook

August 16th, 2010

Rash of home burglaries hit Stony Brook.

Surviving Disasters – Surviving A Home Invasion !

November 11th, 2009

This is a must see. Great show! Like a good boy scout, Always Be Prepared!

Click on this link! There is some good info here!



October 23rd, 2009

The latest edition of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, 2008 Crime in the United States, published last month, offered the latest snapshot of the crime level in the U.S. While the numbers for violent crimes made some modest declines, the statistics on burglary illustrated more of a roller coaster effect.

The national rate for burglary in 2008 was 730.8 per 100,000 inhabitants. Total burglaries were 2, 222,196, up 2 percent from 2007 and up 3.6 percent over the five-year span dating back to 2004. The news was especially discouraging if you’re a homeowner, landlord or renter. Residences took a significant hit in 2008, burgled 1,562,976 times, up 5.4 percent from 2007 levels and accounted for 70.3 percent of all burglary offenses.

Interestingly, the largest increase in residential burglaries was those that occurred during the day. Daytime burglaries of residences jumped 8.3 percent, up to 805,193 from 738,654 in 2007. In comparison, residences were burglarized 437,007 times at night in 2008, an increase of just 3.5 percent from 2007.
“People aren’t home during the day,” said James Alan Fox, Lipman professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University, Boston, explaining the higher number of burglaries during the daylight hours. “You have single parents or two-career households; mom and dad are at work, the kids are at school, and nobody’s home.

“During the day, it may be easier to see, but it’s also easier for the burglar to identify a target. No car in the driveway; ring the doorbell and no one answers. They may even have a phone number and try to call,” Fox added. “If they get the answering machine that says no one’s available, their first thought isn’t going to be that someone might just be in the bathroom.”

Fox also suggested that people might not to set the alarm during the day. He said many are more likely to activate an alarm at night to prevent burglary or an attack, but in the daytime they may be too rushed or too indifferent to activate it.

Fox also suggested that people might not to set the alarm during the day. He said many are more likely to activate an alarm at night to prevent burglary or an attack, but in the daytime they may be too rushed or too indifferent to activate it.
“We know that homes that are protected (by a security system) are much less likely to be broken into than a home that doesn’t have any visible sign of a security-type system,” said Jon Sargent, past president of the California Alarm Association. “I think homes with other forms of protection, even something as simple as a dog or some indication that they have some type of camera system, they’re less likely [to be targeted].”

Not all of the news from the report was bad, however. Burglaries of nonresidential buildings such as stores and offices fell 5.9 percent from 2007 to 2008. Daytime incidents were down 2 percent, while nighttime burglaries fell 6 percent; the five-year trend in nighttime burglaries fell more than 10 percent.
“Security measures in a commercial establishment may seem better than what people have in their homes, as perceived by the burglar,” Fox said. “It may be that the commercial establishment has better resources, or may put greater resources into it — whether it be a guard service or an alarm system — than a private residence does.” Fox added that, as the economy has struggled, residents may have chosen to cut back on their alarm systems.
The advancements in technology — and perhaps of more significance, the lowering of their cost — are at play in the decline of nonresidential burglaries, Sargent said. The affordability and ease of use of electronic protection systems has encouraged many users to add security systems to protect their properties.

“The proliferation and the advancement of camera systems, both with monitoring capabilities and others that are simply recording, could be playing a factor in that,” Sargent said. “People understand that there are more cameras everywhere these days.”

As for stolen property, not surprisingly, locally stolen motor vehicles topped the list. Jewelry and precious metals were next (excluding miscellaneous items at almost $3.8 billion) at $1.5 billion stolen, 4.3 percent recovered; followed by currency at nearly $1.2 billion stolen, 3.5 percent recovered.

The value of other common goods stolen: electronics — televisions, stereos, etc. — office equipment, and household goods totaled almost $2.2 billion.

Employee Theft

September 18th, 2009

We, in the security arena, often hear from the small “Mom & Pop” retailers, “I don’t think any of my employees would ever steal from me.” If you think that statement is accurate your business is on a direct pathway to failure. The first time I heard that a retailer wanted me to look at their operation to identify possible areas that were ripe for shoplifters. What I ended up finding was a longtime trusted employee that had stolen over $50,000 in cash and merchandise over a three to four year period. After a couple of years of working for this small retailer the employee was given keys to the store and responsibility for making the bank deposits.

As it turned out this trusting employer failed to call past employers, failed to run a background check, failed to reconcile bank deposits and , in general, turned over the business operations to this “trusted” employee. This was a hard lesson for the retailer and they came close to losing their business over it. Consider this, 24 percent of your employees will not steal from you under any conditions – they are completely honest. Another 24 percent will look for or create opportunities to steal. The remaining 52% will only steal from you if the right conditions present themselves. Most people who fall into this percentage are young, first time, employees. Some tips to help you combat employee theft are:

Conduct reference and background checks. If the above retailer had done so they would found the employee who was stealing from them already had been terminated twice for stealing from someone else.

Keep track of who has keys to your business, and change the locks when key carriers leave your employment, – even under the best of circumstances.

Put policies in writing. Even if you only have a one or two employees, put some basic anti-theft policies in writing, making it clear that you will not tolerate theft. This will set the tone and strengthen civil and criminal hearings where the employee may use the lack of unwritten policies as their defense.

Examine your sales floor and stockroom areas frequently. If you find out-of-place merchandise such as a piece of jewelry hidden under an article of clothing, you could have an internal theft issue. An employee might be planning to come back at an opportune moment and steal the merchandise.

Designate a trusted employee to do your merchandise receiving. Make sure they are properly trained. A dishonest employee teamed up with a dishonest vendor can be devastating to your business. If more that one employee is working, designate someone to ring employee purchases. If you have more that one register, designate a single register to be used for all employee sales. Designate one employee to remove trash from the store. If your business uses an Electronic Article System (EAS), make sure the trash bags are passed through to help insure high value merchandise is not being discarded.

Lack of cash controls is a major factor with retailers. Many store operators fail to exercise proper cash controls by using what I call the “community till” system: Associates operate on one register, and at the end of the day, the owner finds that she is short cash. Was it an honest mistake? Did an employee give a customer too much change back? Did someone take the money? You will never know unless employees are held responsible for their own registers. Employees should be given a fresh register drawer at the start of their shift, and make sure they count it. The register should be counted down just before they leave for the day. This method tells associates you take cash handling seriously.

FBI Press Release :

June 12th, 2009


June 1, 2009

Washington D.C.

FBI National Press Office

(202) 324-3691

FBI Releases Preliminary Annual Crime Statistics for 2008

According to the FBI’s Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report released today, the nation experienced a 2.5 percent decrease in the number of violent crimes and a 1.6 percent decline in the number of property crimes for 2008 compared with data from 2007. The report is based on information that the FBI gathered from 12,750 law enforcement agencies that submitted six to 12 comparable months of data to the FBI for both 2007 and 2008.

Violent Crime

* In 2008, all four of the violent crime offense categories declined nationwide compared with data from 2007. Murder and non-negligent manslaughter declined 4.4 percent, aggravated assault was down 3.2 percent, forcible rape decreased 2.2 percent, and robbery decreased 1.1 percent.

* Violent crime declined in all city groups. Those cities with populations of 250,000 to 499,999 saw the greatest decline in violent crime (4.0 percent). Violent crime in non-metropolitan counties decreased 3.3 percent and in metropolitan counties declined 2.5 percent.

* Murder and non-negligent manslaughter dropped 9.1 percent in cities with 100,000 to 249,999 in population. However, in cities with populations less than 10,000, murder and non-negligent manslaughter increased 5.5 percent.

* Cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants experienced the greatest decline in forcible rapes at 4.4 percent; cities under 10,000 in population showed the only rise in forcible rapes at 1.4 percent. Forcible rape offenses decreased 7.3 percent in non-metropolitan counties, but increased 0.6 percent in metropolitan counties.

* Although robbery overall showed a decrease, cities with populations less than 25,000 showed increases in robbery. Robberies also increased in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties, 0.7 percent and 0.6 percent, respectively.

* Aggravated assault decreased in all city groups. Cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants experienced the greatest decrease at 6.0 percent. Aggravated assaults declined in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties, 3.9 percent and 3.4 percent, respectively.

* Violent crimes decreased in all four regions of the country in 2008. However, slight increases in murder were reported in the Northeast (0.7 percent) and in the Midwest (0.4 percent). The Northeast also showed increases of 2.5 percent for forcible rape and 0.3 percent in robbery.

Property Crime

* Nationwide, burglaries were the only property crime to show an increase (1.3 percent) in 2008 compared with 2007 data. Larceny-thefts were down 0.6 percent, and motor vehicle thefts declined 13.1 percent.

* Property crimes decreased in all city groupings. Cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants had the greatest decrease in property crimes with a decline of 5.1 percent. Property crimes decreased 0.9 percent in non-metropolitan counties but increased 0.2 percent in metropolitan counties.

* Burglary offenses increased 3.3 percent in cities with 500,000 to 999,999 persons. Burglaries also increased in both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties, 2.1 percent and 1.0 percent, respectively.

* Larceny-theft increased 0.5 percent in the nation’s largest cities (one million and over in population) but decreased in all other city groups. In metropolitan counties, larceny-thefts rose 1.4 percent but in non-metropolitan counties declined 1.2 percent.

* For motor vehicle theft, declines occurred in all population groupings. Cities with 250,000 to 499,999 inhabitants experienced the greatest decline at 16.8 percent.

* Three of the nation’s four regions had decreases in property crimes in 2008 when compared with data from 2007. The greatest decrease in 2008 was in the West, where property crimes were down 4.2 percent. In the Northeast, however, property crimes increased 1.6 percent.


* Arson offenses, tracked separately from other property crimes, decreased 3.9 percent nationwide. But law enforcement agencies in cities 250,000 to 499,999 in population recorded the only increase in arson (2.1 percent). Arson offenses declined in all four regions in 2008. The largest decrease (5.9 percent) was in the West.

The complete Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report is available exclusively at www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm.

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A Guide to Eldercare Options:

June 10th, 2009


Quick summary

Evaluating your parent’s living needs — and abilities — is an ongoing process. And there’s a range of eldercare options available to meet those shifting priorities and concerns — from the freedom of living on one’s own (perhaps in a smaller place) to the supportive environment of assisted living to the round-the-clock care available at skilled nursing facilities. Each offers something different, so sorting out your options is the first step.

Approximately 30 million families are providing care to an older relative, a number that’s expected to double over the next 25 years. Planning ahead for eldercare can help cut down on the financial and emotional toll of caring for a parent. If your parent is starting to show even a few signs of needing more support, it’s time to start exploring the maze of options.

Independent living

Sometimes called "aging in place," this is the route that the great majority of older Americans say they hope to take. Your parent is likely to need some support if he chooses to continue living on his own, although how much help he’ll need will vary tremendously depending on his health and how connected he is to the community.


A good place to start looking for support is the federal Department of Health and Human Services Eldercare Locator, which can connect you with public and community-based agencies that offer services to elders in the area. You may also want to look at simple home renovations, such as adding a railing next to the toilet, as well as the growing list of gadgets that can make independent living safer and more comfortable as your parent ages.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? "A good candidate has family members who are able to check on him every day," says Pat O’Dea-Evans, COO of Paxem, a Chicago-based company that helps seniors who are contemplating a move. Your parent’s health is a central factor to consider — one you’ll need to re-evaluate periodically as he ages. Parents who are healthy enough to perform basic functions such as cooking and bathing and who can get around safely may do well living independently.

Also look at the kind of support your parent has in the community — does he live near important services like a grocery store, pharmacy, doctors, and a hospital? Is he connected to others in his neighborhood, or has he become socially isolated?

Moving to a new home

As parents age, they’ll sometimes choose to move into a smaller, perhaps single-story home, sometimes in a different state in order to be closer to their children. If this is something your parent would like to pursue, consider enlisting the aide of a senior move manager, a professional who specializes in the relocation needs of aging adults.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If you or another family member wants to offer support to your parent but live too far away, relocation may be a good solution. If your parent is already living nearby and is committed to living independently, it may be wise to downsize as he gets older and a larger home becomes harder to navigate and maintain.

In-home care

If your parent wants to stay in his home but is beginning to need more help, he has a number of options — from a personal care attendant, who can assist with tasks such as cooking and cleaning, to a certified nursing assistant, who can monitor your parent’s medical condition and help with activities like bathing and dressing.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent places a high value on privacy or the familiarity of his home and neighborhood, this may be the best choice. Finding the right match may take some time and effort, however. If your parent is cognitively impaired, you’ll want to be especially cautious before going this route. Although most caregivers are trustworthy, you’ll need to make sure he doesn’t get taken advantage of.

Moving your parent in with you: Eldercare at home

If you have the space and can handle the day-to-day care of your parent, you may want to think about inviting him to come live with you.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? Whether to move your parent into your home is an intensely personal decision. You need to think about the nature of your relationship with your parent, as well as his relationship with your partner and children.

The layout of your home is an important consideration: Do you have an in-law unit or even just an extra bathroom that your parent can use exclusively? Privacy can be very important to seniors, as well as to you and your immediate family.

You’ll also need to consider your schedule and your parent’s care needs and level of mobility. If you work full-time and your parent can’t get around on his own, he may feel more isolated living with you than he would in a eldercare community where he could socialize with other residents and participate in on-site activities. But if you and your parent communicate well and enjoy each other’s company, and you and your family have the time and ability to care for him, sharing your home with your parent can be a wonderful way to stay close as he ages.


Independent living communities

Usually apartment or condominium complexes, these communities generally offer on-site amenities such as beauty salons, banks, fitness programs, and communal meals. They may even have a doctor who makes regular rounds.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent values his independence and isn’t in need of daily care — but perhaps is ready to stop driving, is starting to worry about his safety, or just wants more support and companionship — an independent living community can be a great choice.

Assisted-living facilities

These eldercare facilities cover the middle ground: They serve elders who need more support than they can get living independently but who don’t need complex medical care on a daily basis. Most offer meals, housekeeping, and planned activities. Many will remind your parent to take medications but won’t do things like give injections.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent is finding daily life increasingly challenging but doesn’t have a serious medical condition that requires round-the-clock monitoring, assisted living may be the right choice. As with all eldercare housing communities, assisted-living facilities vary greatly, so make sure you know exactly what a particular location does and doesn’t offer before making a commitment.

Continuing-care communities

There’s a wide variation in what continuing-care communities provide, but most offer a range of eldercare options as your parent ages, from independent living units to assisted living to skilled nursing, all in one place. These facilities can be costly to start — most charge an entrance fee and may require your parent to purchase his apartment or condominium — but because many promise to care for your parent for the rest of his life, even if his needs change, they also offer security.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? A continuing-care community is a good choice for a parent who wants assistance making some of his healthcare decisions, says O’Dea-Evans. It’s also a good choice if you don’t feel able to manage your parent’s care on a daily basis — perhaps because you live far away — as everything he’ll require as he ages is generally on-site, and trained staff will help him move from one phase to another as the need arises.

Family care homes

These are usually private homes that have been converted to provide eldercare for a small number of seniors. An alternative to a skilled nursing facility, they generally offer all meals and round-the-clock staffing, sometimes at a lower cost.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent lives in a small town or rural area without a skilled nursing facility and wants to stay in the area, this may be the best option. Family care homes are also a good choice for people who need lots of personal attention from caregivers who know them well, says O’Dea-Evans. Such seniors might not thrive in a larger facility with different staff members coming in and out.

Skilled nursing facilities

These eldercare facilities provide round-the-clock medical care, usually administered by registered nurses and aides under the supervision of doctors. Your parent may also receive physical, speech, and occupational therapy, as well as assistance with activities of daily living.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent needs help from trained medical personnel on a daily basis — such as insulin monitoring and injections for diabetes, or intravenous medication — or if he’s unable to feed, bathe, and dress himself, he may need to be in a skilled nursing facility long-term. A limited stay in a skilled nursing facility may be necessary after a medical crisis requiring hospitalization.

Memory care or Alzheimer’s care facilities

These specialized eldercare facilities serve Alzheimer’s patients and those with other forms of dementia. They are generally secure, so that a patient who is confused can’t wander off the grounds. The staff is specially trained to provide eldercare to seniors with cognitive issues.

  • Is this the right option for my parent? If your parent suffers from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a condition such as Parkinson’s or a stroke that has caused permanent cognitive impairment, he may well need this kind of specialized eldercare. But be sure a neurological exam confirms that any impairment is permanent before you make this decision. If a parent were to regain cognitive function, as may be possible after a stroke, this kind of setting wouldn’t be right long-term.



June 8th, 2009

A female resident of Beacon Hill Drive in Stony Brook called at 3:25 pm May 27 to report that she just discovered her home had been burglarized by an unknown person. According to the complainant the break-in took place sometime over the past three hours.

A male resident of Sheep Pasture Road in East Setauket called at 8 am May 30 to report he discovered his rear window broken and house burglarized. Complainant stated that unknown intruders stole various pieces of electronic equipment in the burglary that took place sometime over the previous month.

A male resident of Cornwallis Drive in East Setauket called at 5:15 pm May 27 to report that a burglary just took place at his house. Complainant stated that an unknown person entered his home through the rear window and ransacked the house, taking various pieces of jewelry, silverware and electronic equipment before fleeing.

Faulty appliance blamed for fatal Centereach house fire

May 25th, 2009

 Faulty appliance blamed for fatal Centereach house fire — Newsday.com


A malfunctioning kitchen appliance is being blamed for a house fire in Centereach early Saturday that killed an elderly mother and her daughter, Suffolk police said.
Dorothy Reinhard, 77, and her daughter, Elaine Moore, 60, were both unconscious when police and firefighters reached their smoke-filled home on Fulton Street shortly before 5 a.m.
They appeared to have been overcome by smoke, according to Det. Sgt. John Twiname. Both were later pronounced dead at Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Suffolk patrol officers responding to a 911 call forced open a locked door to find Reinhard collapsed in the kitchen; Moore was close by in an adjacent hallway.

"It appears some sort of kitchen appliance was the issue," Twiname said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it appeared to start in the rear ground floor kitchen, filling the house with thick smoke, he said.
Police believe that Moore and Reinhard were likely asleep when the fire began and lost consciousness in the heavy smoke after being alerted to the blaze. The cause of death is to be determined by the county medical examiner.
Reinhard’s son and Moore’s brother, Karl Reinhard, 49, of Port Jefferson Station, took pictures of the damage and greeted neighbors as fire officials removed yellow police tape lining the property.
Reinhard said the house was recently renovated and had been outfitted with new appliances and fire alarms.
"Everything was brand new, so what happened?" he said. Police said it was not clear if a smoke or other alarm sounded. The house is about two blocks from the Centereach Fire Department headquarters on South Washington Avenue.
The fire was discovered by Jennifer Greco, a tenant who lives in a second-floor apartment, police said. She awoke to find smoke about 4:45 a.m. and rushed downstairs, only to be blocked by a locked door.
Greco was able to get out of the home and then went to a neighbor who called 911. She was hospitalized for minor smoke inhalation, police said, but was back at the house by midmorning. Fire marshals removed a dead cat from the property.
Reinhard said his mother was a housewife, while his sister worked in a factory. They have lived together in the house for many years, according to several neighbors, and the family was among the first to live on the block.
"I have to go tell my daughters they just lost their grandmother and their aunt," Reinhard said.





Police: Man grazed by shot in home invasion

May 18th, 2009


Police: Man grazed by shot in home invasion

(05/17/09) NORTH AMITYVILLE – A North Amityville man is lucky to be alive after police say a man robbing his home shot him.

The shooting happened at about 10 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Avenue home of 29-year-old Hassan Blackmon. Police say a gunman forced himself into Blackmon’s home, demanded money and then shot at him, but only grazed his head.

Blackmon is now out of the hospital, but police are still searching for the assailant. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244 -TIPS






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5 Charged In NY Home Invasion BurglariesWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. May 2009.
Five men have been charged with home invasion robberies in Westchester County.
The men were arraigned Monday on charges including burglary, robbery, assault and grand larceny.
Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore says the men targeted a City Island restaurant owner who carried cash home to New Rochelle. Prosecutors say the men followed the restaurant owner home last June 29 and robbed him.

Prosecutors say the men burglarized the same New Rochelle house on Sept. 2 and invaded a house in Harrison the next day.

The men are charged with stealing watches and jewelry from the Harrison home and assaulting the residents of the home when they arrived in a car. The three victims all suffered broken bones.


Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives!

May 4th, 2009

My Carbon Monoxide Detector Beeps Once Every 5-10 Minutes, Even After I Put In Brand New Batteries!
When carbon monoxide detectors were first introduced into the market, they had a limited lifespan of 2 yearshttp://www.oknadok.ru/can-i-buy-prevacid-at-walgreens. However technology developments have increased this and many now advertise up to 7 years. Newer models are designed to signal a need to be replaced after that time span although there are many instances of detectors operating far beyond this point.
According to the 2005 edition of the carbon monoxide guidelines, NFPA 720 [5], published by the National Fire Protection Association, sections and, all CO detectors “shall be centrally located outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms,” and each detector “shall be located on the wall, ceiling or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.” CO detectors can be placed near the ceiling or near the floor as CO is very close to the same density as air.
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March 26th, 2009

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