Archive for the ‘BURGLARY’ Category

Sunday, 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.


Cops probe North Hempstead home invasions

Thursday, January 20th, 2011


Cops probe North Hempstead home invasions

Published: December 16, 2010 10:15 PM

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

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Originally published: January 19, 2011 4:09 PM
Updated: January 19, 2011 9:48 PM

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

Saturday, 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

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Rash of home burglaries hit Stony Brook.

Surviving Disasters – Surviving A Home Invasion !

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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Friday, 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.

FBI Press Release :

Friday, 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.

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Monday, 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.