Inspector: Crime is Down in Port Jefferson Station and Terryville

Commanding officer of the SCPD's Sixth Precinct addressed the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association meeting on Tuesday night.

Larcenies, burglaries and criminal mischief incidents decreased year-over-year from 2011 to 2012 in Port Jefferson Station and Terryville, according to Inspector Robert Oswald, commanding officer of the Suffolk County Police Department's Sixth Precinct.

Addressing the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association on Tuesday night, Oswald said that overall, more than 11,000 calls came in during 2011, which decreased to approximately 10,000 in 2012. He described the area as "a basic, solid, middle class community that has issues like every other one."

Though he could not immediately cite specific numbers of incidents, Oswald delivered these statistics: Larcenies were down close to 32 percent, residential burglaries were down about 40 percent, and criminal mischief incidents were down 21 percent.

"The most common crime in neighborhoods is larceny because we leave stuff in our cars. Sixty-five percent of all burglaries are through open doors and windows," he said. "Take the normal precautions."

Arrests for assault – which includes domestic incidents – were up approximately 26 percent. Total arrests were up 16 percent in 2012, which Oswald attributed to "more aggressive policing, because all the other crimes are down."

But, he said, the majority of the crimes committed are related to one thing: the prescription drug epidemic.

"That’s the fertilizer to all the crime in every community," Oswald said. "... That’s where the real problems lie. [It] leads to the larcenies. It lies with the middle class to upper middle class communities."

The prescription drug epidemic was one factor that led Suffolk County Legis. Kara Hahn, D-Setauket, to sponsor legislation that equipped police cars in some precincts with the anti-opiate overdose drug Narcan and trained the officers to administer it in cases where they are the first responders. That pilot program is being expanded to all the precincts in Suffolk, the SCPD recently announced.

Thieves "are now heading for your medicine box before your jewelry box," Hahn told the crowd at Tuesday's Civic Association meeting.

However, despite the statistics Oswald delivered, some in attendance said they were still concerned.

"I understand what you’re saying, the numbers are going down," said one resident. "The more I live here the more I want to get out because I just don’t feel safe anymore. ... I don’t understand with all this disruption how your numbers can still be down."

In response, Hahn said she had been out on a recent ride-along in the area and has confidence that the officers are "checking out the places they need to be."

"Port Jefferson Station has made it it a case and I think [the police] have responded in a very positive way," she said. "I feel very good about the responsiveness to this group’s complaints."

Lucky_1969 January 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM
It upsets me to see because of my personal experience and I know they are steamrolling others who don't have the knowlegde to know it.
Lucky_1969 January 24, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I may email the author of the article.
Earl January 25, 2013 at 02:57 AM
We had homeless coming and going from a house on my block, called the cops daily, the one time they caught them in the house, they just told them to leave, no arrest, nothing. The numbers are NOT going down. What is going down is the PD doing anything about it. I guess that is how they come to the conclusion.
Earl January 25, 2013 at 03:52 AM
Oh trust me I spoke to all of them. They were here day and night, and I did thank them each time. The situation is not happening now, it was months ago. It was rectified because someone bought the house.
Earl January 25, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Yup, did all of that. Pestered the town numerous times for it also.
Mels Ditties January 25, 2013 at 05:02 AM
Tom...It is my understand that there is a Community Watch that has formed in the PJS area...If you do a search here, you should be able to find a contact for them..someone from the group has posted several times
Mels Ditties January 25, 2013 at 05:08 AM
There is no money to be had for arresting the vagrants, those who occupy abandon homes, drunks/druggies who fight, sleep, relieve themselves in public....Arrest them and they are out, back on the streets within 24 hours...chances are slim to none that any fines levied would actually be collected....So, it's a hassle for nothing... On the flip side, stopping motorists for reggies, inspections, seatbelts, phone usage WILL bring in the $$$$... So that explains why police stops are plentiful and actually patrolling (even inside cars) barely happens at all... MTA police are almost never around, EXCEPT when they sit at the tracks and pull over motorists for vehicle infractions....
Tom bone January 25, 2013 at 05:18 AM
Sounds like a lot of residents are fed up with the respons and how the police deal with crime . Go to the 6th pct web site and email the inspector of the 6th pct. send a copy to the county executive as well you will get a response .
Mels Ditties January 25, 2013 at 06:06 AM
Crime Stoppers...to borrow a phrase from NYC, "if you see something, say something", when you see crime in your area, contact Crime Stoppers...Different reporting statistics via different department, much less likely to be ignored....
Mels Ditties January 25, 2013 at 06:07 AM
Harder to hide...
Lucky_1969 January 25, 2013 at 03:37 PM
They should consider putting a sub station in the Rite Aid parking lot on Old Town road. That would probably help a lot. All they need is a little photomat type booth like the one in Center Moriches. The RMP's can go there and there can be a bike patrol April to Sept that covers most of the area. I know its sounds kind of silly but we really need a COPE type presence and when they are in the cars, it isn't as effective as someone interacting with the neighborhood.
Lucky_1969 January 25, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Someone just bought it to develop. I actually read that on here I think. But either one would be good. it would probably be more helpful in that area. How long ago did they dicontinue the downtown port foot post? I knew the PO personally who did that post for years back in the mid-80's to earl 90's when I was a police explorer and it was a very good deterent and he knew everybody in Port. If they had something like that for PJS maybe one north of 347 and one south it would really make a difference.
Lucky_1969 January 25, 2013 at 04:44 PM
http://portjefferson.patch.com/articles/carvel-owner-wins-bid-on-former-kfc-immediate-clean-up-overdue#comments_list Yes agreed, those are good areas for a foot post and it would be very helpful. even if it doesnt stop people from be addicts on oxy or whatever they are on,... it would keep them in their houses and not out bothering us.
crookhaven January 27, 2013 at 08:13 AM
why save the overdosing burglars? and what about the huge heroin problem? and steve fiore-rosenfeld wife beating incidents are way up!!!!!
Julia January 28, 2013 at 01:38 AM
There is a heavy concentration of Dominican/Salvadorean criminal types in the area selling in broad daylight. The police need to step it up on the graffiti and gangs and prostitutes before its too late. I dont believe the SCPD for one second, there job is to lie about stats.
Julia January 28, 2013 at 01:46 AM
The worst areas of Terryville gotta be Jayne Blvd/ Lake Streets but the police should focus on the areas traveled by the many bums in the area such as the area south of the Meat Farms DMV parking lot by Joline seems real shady also.
11779 January 28, 2013 at 04:03 AM
crookhaven January 28, 2013 at 06:59 AM
brookhaven public safety are a bunch of potheads. they crash into fixed objects and are only there because they are rejected by the police depts.
crookhaven January 28, 2013 at 07:03 AM
have u seen the public safety captains?? fat, stuttering guys that crash into trees or steal candy bars at local stores on t v? another on takes pics at cedar beach of girls showering...........pack of idiots run by idiots............
Daniel B February 01, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Very good idea but they dont have enough policeman supposedly.
Americanivory February 02, 2013 at 04:33 AM
To 11779 we are trying to keep 11776 from becoming "one of those towns" associated with crime and drugs. As for "lilly white" sorry but it is apparent you have not been to our hamlet in awhile - its no longer like that, take a look at the school pictures! Inspector Oswald thinks he pulled one over on the people of this town, but pretending its not here is not going to make it go away. But where was everyone when you had your chance to call him out on this? The port jefferson station terryville association want everyone to think all is well here and kiss the butt of the inspector for personal gains to certain people they forget we are taxpayers and residents too and want our town cleaned up so we can live here without fear!!!!
Americanivory February 03, 2013 at 08:55 PM
So I went to Uncle G's shopping center and what to my wondering eyes do I see - homeless vagrants panhandling. How do I know they were panhandling because a couple of them approached me asking for money. So they are moving down south of the RR station and Post Office - oh but wait arrests are down so everything is a nice Rockwellian ambience in pjs - t hamlet. Oh wait - the cops don't make arrests here, maybe that's why arrests are down. The wonderful "Inspector" never said crime was down only the arrests. It's all in the smoke and mirrors my friends. Maybe news 12 should be called to do a story on the store parking lots in our town, and then speak to the residents about what really goes on and not to the "fluffy" inspector.
Americanivory February 03, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Already left the parking lot - but I will be writing to the store and shopping center management - thanks for the great idea. They need to know shoppers will not tolerate this behavior, maybe they can get the inspector to face reality.
Tom bone February 03, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Port Jefferson Station Chamber of Commerce www.myportjeffersonstation.com/html/main/org.../index.html Port Jefferson Station Chamber of Commerce. http://www.portjeffstation.com. Mr. Steven Brian PO Box 600. Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 631-473-1234 Ext.
Americanivory February 05, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Tom Bone - you have many great ideas, but it's not that people don't want to call the police or are ignoring the problem - it's the police who aren't doing anything about the problems. They don't make arrests because the inspector wants his numbers to look good. The inspector made a statement that there were only (only?) 21 murders in suffolk county last year. Come on, does he not read the papers? This guy is a big joke and as long as he has people bull dozed and kissig his butt nothing will ever change - until it gets worse like Brentwood/Central Islip and then it's too late. Very sad that he has this kind of control, it's not the police officers they want to do their job but he won't allow it. Instead he has them checking registrations and seat belts!!!!
Americanivory February 05, 2013 at 02:21 PM
not sure who Steven Brian is but the chamber president introduced herself at the meetings as Jennifer Dzvonar.
Americanivory February 05, 2013 at 02:34 PM
"Miami-Dade cops caught on camera allegedly ignoring emergency calls" (http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/05/16850249-miami-dade-cops-caught-on-camera-allegedly-ignoring-emergency-calls#star5)
Americanivory February 06, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I wish liar's pants would go on fire (like in the Progressive Insurance commercial) - it would take the whole Terryville Fire Department to put out the flames in "inspector" Oswald's pants!!!!
Tom bone February 23, 2013 at 03:27 AM
FYI. I have noticed the extra patrols in port Jeff sta lately since this blog started. Their are cope cars and regular patrols , also noticed the unmarked patrol car in the shopping centers . I love the increased patrols , lets hope we can keep them for the upcoming summer .
Earl February 25, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I have not noticed any extra patrols at all, but hopefully if some are, then they have increased. Would still be greatly beneficial to get that homeless shelter the heck out of here.


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