Warn of Holiday Crime Hike
From The World Journal
November 13, 2003
The crime rate on the Lower East Side has dropped by 5.2 percent
this year compared to the same period last year. This shows that
public security has improved in the area, said Commanding Officer
Brian McCarthy of Police Precinct 7 at a precinct community meeting
on Nov. 12. He also warned residents against a possible rise in
crime before the holiday season, and warned people to be more vigilant
if they think they are being stalked.
are down 18 percent over last year, he said, but police have given
for public defecation and intoxication
in an attempt to improve the quality of life.
At the meeting, one
Officer Cardova was commended, for his seizure of a large number
of pirated DVDs and CDs on Oct. 21. Cardova and
his partner Officer Millendack arrived at Essex Street after being
tipped off about nine Chinese people gathering there. They found
28,200 CDs and 4,000 DVDs. Suspects included immigrants from Guangdong
and Fujian provinces of China.
McCarthy said there are an average
of 17 cases filed every week this year, and that a considerable
number of cases involved the
use of knives. There have been three murders, 33 robberies and
25 assaults involving knives. In these crimes, suspects’ ages
range between 16 and 30. The precinct has increased patrols and
surveillance, and has arrested 92 unlicensed knife holders, given
18 tickets and seized 180 knives. McCarthy said that it is illegal
to carry a knife with a blade more than four inches long.
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Translated from Chinese by Shasha Dai