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Crime Prevention Tips August 2012

End of the Summer...

In the last 5 years over 900 people have been killed nationwide in drunk driving accidents on Labor Day weekend – almost 180 each and every year.  Don’t let the end of the summer be the end of your life! If you drink, never drive - and never get into a car with someone who has been drinking.  Always designate a sober driver before you drink. If you see someone who has been drinking take their keys, call them a cab, and take a stand – friends don’t let friends drive drunk! 

Here are some other shocking statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration:

  • Between Midnight and 3 am drunk driving claims a life every 23 minutes
  • 17.2 million drivers have driven 1 or more times in the last year when they felt they were over the legal limit – that’s more than any major league sports team attracts in a season
  • Nearly 12,000 people die each year due to impaired driving, that would equal 21 jumbo jets crashing each year
  • In 2009 over 1.4 million people were arrested for DWI, that is more than the population of some countries!
  • In NYC if you are arrested for drunk driving, we will impound your car for forfeiture!
  • 42% of all motorcycle riders who die in a single vehicle crash are drunk
  • Motorcycle riders killed in night crashes are four times as likely to be drunk as those killed during the day
  • 4 out of 10 motorcycle riders aged 35-44 who died in crashes were drunk


Some train tips….

Cell phones and other electronic devices are prime targets for thieves who remove these devices right from the victim’s hands as the train doors close – leaving you helpless, and without your gadget!

Over 70% of larcenies occur on the train and just under 15% occur on the platform, so for your safety we ask that you try to refrain from using your electronic devices onboard the train or station platforms.

Secure your electronic devices on your person and out of plain view. Keep bags closed and zipped/fastened shut.

If you must use your device on the train, do so away from the doors and remain alert – headphones are a signal you are probably distracted.

Register your iPhone using the “find my iPhone” application, and keep a record of your device’s serial numbers to aid in the reporting of loss or theft.

We need your help!

Even one incident of gun violence is one too many. This week we wanted to take time out from our standard crime prevention tip to remind you of the many programs we offer to help end the violence on our streets by apprehending those responsible.

Gun Stop: You can make an anonymous tip and receive an award of $1000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone possessing an illegal handgun by calling 1-866-GUN-STOP

Cash for Guns: Turn in any operable handgun to your local precinct, transit district or housing police service area and receive a $100 cash reward

Crimestoppers:  You don’t have to reveal your identity to help solve violent crimes. Rewards of up to $2000 are offered for information regarding a crime committed or a wanted person by anonymously calling our tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS,  texting TIP577 plus your message to “CRIMES” (274637), or online via our website This service is also available in Spanish by calling 1-888-57-PISTA

Cop Shot: For information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone who shoots or shoots at a NYC Police Officer a standing $10,000 reward is offered.