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In the first meeting of the 61st Precinct Community Council of 2014, the 61st Precinct’s executive officer, Captain Faison, reflected on the past year, focusing on the increase in domestic violence.

Filling in for precinct’s commanding officer, Captain John M. Chell, Faison noted that crime was down overall, but that instances of domestic violence were still on the rise.

“We ended the year below 2012 [figures] in all categories with the exception of felony assaults, mainly due to domestic violence,” Faison said.

Currently in charge of the traffic program, Faison talked up year-end reductions in road accidents. “We are down in collisions,” he said.

For the month, all crime was down as well, except robberies, according to Faison.

“We had a couple of bank robberies,” Faison said, citing Chase as one of the banks that was targeted.

“One individual went to two banks; one bank he hit twice,” he said.

The perpetrator was identified and arrested, Faison added.

Other robberies, he said, included attacks on Chinese food delivery men throughout the area.

– Steven Volynets

With only three weeks left to the end of the year, Captain John M. Chell, commanding officer of the 61st Precinct, reported a 1.4 percent overall crime increase for the year, noting a rise in domestic violence and holiday-related theft .

“The crime that really took up by surprise this year is domestic violence,” Chell said, adding that while instances of domestic violence are hard to prevent, a team of trained officers is now in place to deal with the problem. Chell made the statements during the monthly 61st Precinct Community Council meeting on Wednesday.

Chell also attributed a spike in identity theft, car break-ins and the DIPs (dipping in people’s purses) to the holiday shopping season. These crimes have been reported to take place on buses and along popular shopping routes like Kings Highway, Avenue U and Sheepshead Bay Road.

To curb DIPs and other theft, Chell assured that police presence has been bolstered on city buses across Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods.

“I have a group of young cops riding the B49 with me all week,” he said. Chell also cautioned against leaving bags and other personal belongings in cars as they tend to attract thieves.

Meanwhile, Capitan Chell lauded the efforts of the 61st Precinct officers in helping reduce vehicle accidents and traffic-related pedestrian injuries, both of which are down for the year.

– Steven Volynets

We’ve all got old cell phones lying around. Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz just sent out this press release, giving us a way to finally get rid of that junk and simultaneously help out victims of domestic abuse:

In an effort to protect domestic violence victims, I am once again launching a campaign in our community, in conjunction with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, asking for no-longer-used cell phones, which will be reprogrammed to dial 911 instantly and then distributed to victims of domestic violence. Currently in the Assembly, as a member of the Codes Committee, we have several vital pieces of legislation before us to help prevent domestic violence; among those bills are proposals to further enhance penalties for people who commit violence against their own family members. Unfortunately, recidivism rates for violence against loved ones tend to be occurring at higher rates.

Although we are still a long way from eradicating domestic violence, our goal can be achieved with each life saved through having access to a cell phone. The NYPD responded to 249,440 domestic violence incidents in 2010, which averages to over 680 incidents per day. In addition, the NYPD’s Domestic Violence Unit conducted 67,761 home visits in 2010, a 77% increase since 2002. These donated phones will serve as a lifeline for a neighbor in need, providing them with an important sense of security and assistance in restoring a victim’s independence. Anyone who has an unwanted cell phone lying around can make a significant difference in a New York domestic violence survivor’s life by bringing it in or mailing it to my office located at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road.

My office will also be collecting any pair of eye glasses that you no longer need, whether prescription, reading, sunglasses or especially children’s, to provide needy individuals the ability to fully function through corrected vision. Good vision is a precious gift. It’s also a daily necessity. That old pair of eyeglasses, cast aside in a drawer, can improve another person’s life.

Glasses will be donated to Jewish Heritage of the Blind, which is committed to assuring that those who are legally considered blind or visually impaired have access to a much needed pair of glasses they would otherwise be unable to afford on their own.

Please bring in your old cell phones and eyeglasses to my office located at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road.

Thank you for your participation.