Police 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.

Grand larcenies are down 18 percent over last year, he said, but police have given many tickets 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

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