Upswing in Bicycle Thefts Hits Fort Greene and Clinton Hill

By Janet Upadhye on June 18, 2014 3:15pm 

 Police at the 88th Precinct documented 18 bike thefts in the last month.
Police at the 88th Precinct documented 18 bike thefts in the last month.
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FORT GREENE — The number of bicycle thefts in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill has spiked in recent weeks — with the majority happening in broad daylight, police officials said.

There were 18 reported bike thefts in the 88th Precinct over the last month through June 15, commanding officer Capt. Peter Fiorillo said at a community council meeting Tuesday night.

From April 15 to May 15, victims reported at least seven bikes stolen in the precinct, but police could not immediately give the total number of bikes reported stolen during that time period.

"It's been pretty bad over the last month," Fiorillo said.

Grand larceny is up 7 percent for the year to date in the precinct and petit larceny is up 4 percent, according to NYPD data.

Fiorillo warned residents that locking bicycles to a pole or bike rack with chains doesn't always work. He advised securely locking the bike and tires with bike locks or bringing the bike inside.

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