Residents voice concerns over Jefferson Park home

Applause filled the hall at Dunham Park last week when police informed residents at a Beat 1622 CAPS meeting of their efforts to deal with repeated complaints about a house in the 4800 block of Marmora Avenue.

Officers have been monitoring the home since a dispute over stolen auto rims led to gunplay Jan. 25, 16th District Commander Anthony Riccio, said at the Wednesday meeting.

“We want them to be a good part of the community,” said Riccio. “If they cant do that, quite frankly, we want them to move.”

After the shooting, the community came together in large numbers at last month’s CAPS meeting to ensure police heard their concerns.

According to Riccio, neighbors alleged four bedrooms had been illegally constructed in the basement, that residents ran a chop shop out of the garage, and that 30 or more tires were stored in the back yard.

“All the things they brought up were better addressed by agencies other than the police department,” said Riccio. The police contacted Streets and Sanitation to resolve illegal storage of tires and the department of Business Affairs to check into the garage.

Judith Dever, senior assistant corporation counsel at the Department of Law, said zoning inspectors were sent to inspect the residence’s basement. An additional inspection by the Department of Buildings is expected to take place next week to ensure the building is up to city code.

Police also warned residents of theft from autos parked on city streets. Police advised taking GPS navigation units, iPods and IPass transponders from cars when parking even for short periods of time. Police advised residents to remove suction cups, used to hold GPS units, in order to avoid break-ins. Police urged residents to call 311 if they saw anything suspicious.

Police reminded residents that any flatbed truck or commercial vehicle, including cars or vans displaying tools, would be ticketed for parking on city streets. They instructed residents to call 311 if they saw such vehicles parked on neighborhood streets.

Since the previous month, Beat 1622 has been assigned an extra car, said Riccio.

“Crime is down, we’re heading in the right direction,” Riccio said. “I’m not going to say we’re done with it because we’re not, but none of this is by accident. It is because of these guys up here [pointing to seated officers] and the work that they do every single day.”

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