109th offers advice on staying safe in community

All four wheels were stolen from a vehicle in western Queens, and the 109th Precinct is warning residents to guard against similar threats in the northeast.
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The 109th Precinct, which covers neighborhoods like Flushing, Whitestone, College Point, Auburndale and Bay Terrace in northeast Queens, offered tips to residents to guard against stolen property in response to incidents throughout the precinct.

Residents can guard against the theft of wheels and rims by purchasing a set of lug nut locks, police said.

Thefts are especially common in the north and south of the precinct for three models of cars: Nissan Maximas, Cadillacs and Infinitis, police said.

In general, there are several other ways to prevent the theft of vehicles and vehicle parts.

Residents should activate any alarms, especially tilt sensors which go off if a vehicle is moved, park in well-lit places and remember to remove all valuable items from vehicles, including GPS devices, according to police, even if they are only running a short errand.

The 109th Precinct also warned about con artists who call residents with false promises of lottery winnings or other winnings, but then ask for money to be sent to, typically, another state or country.

The 109th also encouraged any resident to call 911 to anonymously report a suspicious person or crime.

Updated 11:55 am, November 14, 2011
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