Has the Warm Weather Brought Burglars to Park Slope?

03/29/2012 2:47 PM |

Burglars have been climbing into apartments using fire escapes in Park Slope like these
  • Burglars have been climbing into apartments using fire escapes in Park Slope like these

In general, crime is down in Park Slope. But the number of burglaries has jumped, the Park Slope Patch reports. In the last year, burglaries in the area have gone up 76 percent, the local police captain said; in the last four weeks alone there have been 15 incidents. The victims tend to be apartment dwellers on the far north or south parts of the neighborhood: “around 13th and 14th streets, between Prospect Park West and Fifth Avenue, and then around St. Marks Place and Bergen Street between Fourth and Flatbush avenues,” the Patch reports. The unseasonably warm weather might have something to do with it: burglars are climbing up fire escapes and slipping into apartments through unlocked windows to take computers, clothes, and cash. “I know it’s nice weather and people want to leave their windows open,” the captain recently said at a community meeting. “But you need to lock them.”