Phony Phone Bill
Another Eastside resident became the victim of identity theft. At 10 AM on Monday, January 13, a 67-year-old woman received a notice from a collection agency regarding an unpaid bill of $1,902 for an AT&T account that she had never opened in California.
Unlocked and Unlucky
Someone stole property from a man's car. t 2 PM on Sunday, January 19, a 32-year-old man parked his Honda at the corner of Second Avenue and East 75th Street. When he returned to the vehicle forty-five minutes later, he found that a number of items had been taken from their location on the car's front seat, including a Samsung laptop, a law book, a hearing aid, a passport, and a North Face book bag. None of the car's windows had been smashed, and the man admitted to police that he might have neglected to lock the doors. The total value of the stolen items came to $4,360.
A woman's wallet was lifted on a cross-town bus. At 3 PM on Tuesday, January 21, a 61-year-old woman was riding on the M86 cross-town bus. When she got off to transfer to the Lexington Avenue subway, she discovered that her wallet was missing from her pocketbook. Her wallet had contained $200 in cash, two Visa cards, a New York State identity card, a Social Security card, and a Medicaid card. Fortunately, the woman canceled her credit cards before any fraudulent charges appeared.
Fraudulent transactions appeared on a woman's bank account. At 1 PM on Wednesday, January 22, a 33-year-old woman was online checking her bank account balance, when she discovered evidence of fraudulent activity. $191.25 worth of merchandise had been purchased by unknown perpetrators at numerous locations. The woman was still in possession of the debit card that had been used for the unauthorized transactions.
Safeguard your apartment and home. Recent burglaries have occurred in the neighborhood. Be alert for suspicious activity. Perpetrators are gaining entry by:
? Forcing locked doors, mainly the front, due to inadequate locks.
? Front doors left open and unsecured.
? Unlocked rear windows.
? Fire-escape windows.
1. Secure all windows and doors.
2. Install and lock secondary locks.
3. Do NOT leave your electronics (laptops, iPods, etc.) near your windows in plain view.
4. Install only FDNY-approved safety gates on fire-escape or ground-level windows.
PROTECT YOUR HOME: Your local precinct Crime Prevention Survey consists of a walk-through of your home and a list of security recommendations to help prevent your chances of being burglarized. Call your local precinct and ask the crime prevention officer for this FREE service.
If you have any information regarding any burglaries, please contact your local precinct detective squad.
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