With a crime-fueled 2011 in the rear view mirror, the leader of the 61st Precinct suggested much of the year’s crime was a statistical anomaly, but authorities are gaining ground where they can.
Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas provided a year-end review for members of the 61st Precinct Community Council last night, giving context to the nearly eight percent surge in major crimes in a precinct that previously led the city in crime reduction.
We couldn’t make it to this week’s 61st Precinct Community Council meeting, but luckily Sheepshead Bites has a number of spies among its readership. Nolastname attended and captured this video for us of Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas giving his report to the council.
Among the topics the precinct’s commanding officer addressed is that the crime rates appear to have leveled off overall. But in what seemed to be a response to Sheepshead Bites’ report that violent crime is on the rise, Mastrokostas acknowledged that there has been an increase in felonious assaults. But the deputy inspector noted, as did our report, the stats don’t necessarily tell the whole story.
This is just one of the many photos sent to Sheepshead Bites of cars with stolen tires. It was taken on February 20 by Sergey K. on Shore Parkway, a roadway frequently targeted by wheel/rim thieves.
Local car-owners feeling threatened by ongoing vandalism in the area, fear no more. Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas of the 61st Precinct recently launched a “Midnight Conditions Team” to catch criminals who steal or vandalize autos under the cover of darkness in the Sheepshead Bay area.
The 61st Precinct police officer responsible for forcing an Orthodox man to violate Jewish law has been transferred out of the borough; meanwhile, the Deputy Inspector continues outreach to prove his officers respect the area’s residents and their beliefs.
Be Proud Foundation's Raisa Chernina and the 61st Precinct Community Council's Theresa Scavo present Deputy Inspector Mastrokostas with a gift to honor his recent promotion
Community leaders gathered at the 5th Annual Appreciation Luncheon to honor local police officers and firefighters this past Friday, where they heaped praise and gratitude upon the men and women of the 60th and 61st precincts.
The event was organized by the Be Proud Foundation, a group with roots in Russian-speaking community and which formed in 2005 to foster unity and pride in the local neighborhoods.
After receiving several rounds of applause for his promotion from captain, Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas launched into his monthly report to the 61st Precinct Community Council last Wednesday.
Among the highlights of his statement, the deputy inspector pointed out that the neighborhood is seeing an increase of 22 stolen vehicles for the year. The thefts are concentrated in the southern and southeastern part of the command, making Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach and Manhattan Beach auto theft hot-spots.
The 61st Precinct Community Council is meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the precinct (2575 Coney Island Avenue). They will discuss their annual Night Out Against Crime event, now in its 27th year. The national event symbolizes the efforts of communities all over the country to take the streets back from crime and use them for positive, and the precinct’s version involves inflatable rides for kids, award presentations and performances (not to mention tons of free food).