Residents Worried About Crime, Gunshots

After an uptick in reports of shots fired, concerned residents go to the police for help.

About a dozen residents of Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens that live near the Wyckoff and Gowanus housing projects attended the 76 Precinct Community Council meeting Tuesday night.

Two groups of residents - from Warren Street between Bond and Nevins, and Baltic Street and Hoyt Street - expressed concern about gun violence and overall crime.

"We're all really nervous about it," said one Baltic Street resident, who did not want to give her name for an article. "We just want to make sure the shootings aren't going to keep happening."

On Oct. 9, at Hoyt and Baltic streets, on Sept. 21, at Hoyt and Warren streets and throughout September and early October there were numerous reports of shots fired in the vicinity of the Gowanus and Wyckoff housing projects.

Captain Jack Lewis tried to calm the fears of those in attendance by saying that every call to 911 gets answered.

"The proper protocol is we respond," he said, adding that at the beginning of October a man was arrested for possession of a 9MM gun, and that they had reason to believe he was responsible for some of the reports of shots fired in September.

"The most common underlying symptom for shots fired is drug sales," said Lewis, adding that they often have an idea who is involved in the shootings, and they are working to find those people.

One person said after he heard shots fired near Degraw and Hoyt streets on Oct. 15 around 11 p.m. he called 911, but never heard any police arrive.

Lewis said that he wouldn't. They don't turn on their sirens because then the perps will run away, he said.

Members of the Warren Street block association said their block had experienced an uptick in crime since the summer, when they often had a police officer stationed on the corner.

"The visible presence this summer made all the difference," said Marc Tremitiere.

Since then, a sofa had been set on fire and wheels were stolen from a car, said residents.

Another resident of Warren Street, Richard Rollison, said he had security cameras, and wanted them to be installed on street lights. He was told he had to go to DOT for permission.


Georgia Kral November 04, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Tell us what crime is worrying you most: http://patch.com/A-n1xl
Michael Brown November 04, 2011 at 06:43 PM
SouthBrooklyn November 07, 2011 at 03:52 PM
The predators have no fear of the police.
Danielle November 26, 2011 at 03:26 AM
Tonight, there was an incident where 4 kids threw a glass bottle from Carroll Park towards exiting subway passengers. Had I been walking just a little bit faster, I would have stopped the bottle’s fall with my head. I had to call 911 four times to get the police to show. I was tracking the kids at a safe distance as I wanted to ID them, but the kids were long gone by the time the police arrived 22 minutes later. In addition, on my fourth call to 911, the 911 operator insisted that the police were at the corner where 2nd Place dead-ends into Smith where I had asked the police to meet me and where I was then standing. The police were not there and when I questioned the 911 operator how she had gotten that information, she said she was not allowed to tell me. (??) (To be continued...)
Danielle November 26, 2011 at 03:27 AM
When I went to the precinct to question why it took the police so long to arrive and why 911 thought the police were on the scene when they weren’t, I encountered a young kid (not an officer) at the front desk who wasn't even capable of speaking in full sentences. Finally, after about 7 or 8 minutes of this kid’s helplessness, the uniformed officer at the desk spoke up (reluctantly) and told me to follow-up with 911 about the misinformation. He told me that police officers arrive, on average, within 15 minutes. I told him that I had counted 7 police cars and 3 police vans parked on the sidewalk in front of the precinct so it didn’t appear that there were other more urgent matters. He just stared at me, mute. Thankfully, no one was hurt in this incident. However, the way that this incident and the follow-up was handled is another example to me that this precinct lacks proper leadership. In addition to (and, perhaps, as a result of) the lack of competent front desk staffing, the police took too long to show up, the information about police presence was just plain wrong and, as a result, the cops lost the perpetrators.


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