Local police commander Capt. Jack Lewis is reminding residents to lock windows near fire escapes.
Carroll Gardens doesn’t have many burglaries, but February saw nine. Fourth Place saw two burglaries, where thieves climbed into apartments from the fire escape. Other burglaries took place on Clinton, on Butler and on Second Place.
“Luckily nobody was home,” Lewis said. “I’m always concerned that someone could be home and there could be a confrontation.”
The police followed up after the incidents, visiting the homes of men who had been arrested in the past for burglary, “stopping in, just to check up on them and say Hi,” Lewis said.
“Hopefully we scared someone straight,” Lewis said, noting the burglaries stopped after the home visits.
Also, there was a rash of robberies around the Gowanus Houses, around Warren and Hoyt, and reports of two shots fired there. A police sergeant in the department secured search warrants from the state Supreme Court and arrests were made.
The captain visited the Gowanus houses, 14 buildings with an estimated 2,836 residents, just to walk around and “make friends.”
“The kid locked up for gun possession, I talked to him on Friday. I talked to his mom, his grandmothers.
“It’s always good to make friends,” Lewis said.