As part of the 61st Precinct’s pledge to increase communication with the community, the precinct has started sending out occasional crime prevention tip bulletins to local stakeholders. The tips focus on preventing common crimes that are trending in the neighborhood to keep residents and their property safe.

Below are the latest tips from the precinct:

LOCKER BREAK-INS AT THE GYM

There have been complaints filed reporting locker break-ins at the Bally’s Gyms located on Kings Highway and Sheepshead Bay Road.  In each case, the victims left their property consisting of wallets, credit cards, jewelry and cell phones in a locker in the males’ locker room.  The victims then went to workout and upon their return to the locker room, they discovered that their lock was opened and their property was removed.

Customers are encouraged to utilize the small security lockers that are located in the lobby to secure their valuables. Lockers located in locker rooms are not as secure as the smaller security lockers, and are more likely to be broken into.

ATM SKIMMING DEVICES

There has been an instance of an unauthorized debit card skimmer that was installed on an ATM at a bank within the precinct.  As ATM customers swiped their cards into the ATM, the skimmer read the information and relayed the card numbers to an unauthorized person who was then able to make fraudulent purchases using the card information.

ATM users are advised to tug on the card reader to ensure that no unauthorized devices are installed on the machine before they swipe their cards.

The precinct has also learned of an instance in which a card skimmer was installed on the door to the bank, where users must swipe their card to enter. This is a new tactic, and the precinct advises caution when using these devices.

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  • bruce b

    What’s wrong with these people? I’ve been a member of Bally’s (with breaks) for almost 20 years, and am warned almost daily by “word on the street” not to leave anything valuable in the locker. In fact that’s how i got my original membership. My neighbor was ripped off at Bally’s, he sued, they gave him a free membership, he sold it to me. This is back in 1994, that’s how long I’ve known not to keep anything of value in those lockers.

    If they want my smelly sweatpants, and a book about the War of 1812, that’s about what they’re getting off me

  • brooklynq

    As a victim of these crimes, my banks told me the only safe place to use my ATM was at the bank….

    So, which banks were comprimised? We should know

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    What is an authorized card skimmer?

    • disqus_Gf76m0Cqd9

      LOL

  • Speeder

    Maybe that’s the reason why there is security guard presence at the Citibank on East 15 St and Sheepshead Bay Road, even though there are now only 2 ATMs inside and no human teller service (they were removed during Sandy renovation). Banks often have to swallow customer losses due to card theft so that makes some financial sense.

  • Guest

    I don’t get it, what good is your card number without your PIN number for cash or CID number on the back for online purchases?

  • nyckat

    why can the banks atm cameras pick up WHO is installing these?! Post the pictures all over the media- problem solved!!