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NCPD Commanding Officer Gives Updates On Area Crimes

Canavan says community is helping reduce suspicious activity

Nassau County Police Department 3rd Precinct Commanding Officer Kevin Canavan recently offered updates on crime statistics and arrest reports throughout Carle Place and Westbury.

Canavan said crimes are generally down since 2009 but residents must continue to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity this holiday season.

“As we approach the end of 2011, we are looking at a slight reduction in major crime of about 3 percent. Major Crimes are the big ones like assaults, burglaries, robberies, grand larcenies, etc. That reduction is below 2010’s numbers, which were about 10 percent below 2009.

“In terms of all other crime – everything else such as petit larcenies, criminal mischief, etc. – we are roughly 6 percent lower than 2010. Together, the Third Precinct’s total crime was reported as nearly 7 percent lower this year than last year. That being said, we do have major issues which we face and must continue to address,” Canavan explained.

Canavan said Carle Place has not experienced a residential burglary since Nov. 10, and he attributed that to the vigilance of the community and willingness to work with police.

“This is due in no small part to the role that the community has played in helping to keep a watchful eye out,” Canavan noted.

The commanding officer also said one individual in Westbury was arrested 10 times in less than two months on various charges including burglary and weapons possession.

“Incorporated Westbury has also seen some burglary activity in the side streets off Post Avenue. We were able to recover some good evidence from two locations and feel that we are making progress in those investigations,” said Canavan.

Westbury and Salisbury, Canavan explained, was “hit hard” during a one-week period, forcing police to shift some resources to the southern side of Old Country Road. Plainclothes officers spotted three individuals dressed in black in that area and one entered into the rear yard of a home, Canavan said, before all three were arrested and charged.

 “We continue to staff a ‘beefed-up’ plainclothes patrol throughout the Precinct, as well as added patrols in the parking areas around Roosevelt Field and the surrounding shopping areas. We also ask that everyone continue to keep an eye out for unusual or suspicious people or circumstances. Call 9-1-1 immediately,” said Canavan.

“Please keep the basic safety tips in mind – lock your cars and homes, keep lights on inside and outside including motion detectors, be curious about what is going on in the neighborhood and look out for one another,” Canavan added.