By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police from the 13th Precinct are advising members of the community to stay alert now that the holiday shopping season is here.
The precinct’s executive officer, Bennett Kalicovic, discussed the issue at a 13th Precinct Community Council meeting this past Tuesday.
Kalicovic said that the precinct is working with the Flatiron BID and the Union Square Partnership to curb thefts and the precinct is working on high visibility, especially in areas for shopping. He noted that shoppers should be aware of their immediate surroundings and should never leave their bags unattended but added that residents should also be protective of their identities because of the recent increases in IRS and identity theft scams.
“They prey on the elderly,” he said. “The IRS will never ask for a Green Dot money card. They will always send you a written statement. This is an area where they prey on people.”
In related news, Kalicovic said crime is down both for the last 28-day period and for the year in the 13th Precinct, which runs from 14th to 30th Street and Seventh Avenue to the East River. Overall crime has decreased 31 percent for the last 28 days and 11 percent for the year. These numbers, Kalicovic noted, are also the lowest numbers in Manhattan South.
Kalicovic gave the crime report at the recent meeting because Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney has been stationed at Trump Tower since the presidential election.