The New York Times details how the New York City police department si dealing with a non-violent crime spike in one Manhattan precinct. The problem is burglary and grand larceny — property crimes often involving the theft of jewelry, electronic devices like smartphones or even victims' identities. The precinct’s commander was transferred out, and a team of plainclothes officers specially trained in investigating grand larcenies was dispatched to the precinct last month.
Four “burglary zones” were set up–precisely mapped hot spots in which plainclothes anticrime teams move in buildings' shadows and uniformed officers walk up and down interior staircases. Community affairs officers remind residents to lock their doors and windows. Detectives inspect secondhand dealers' licenses and urge pawn shop operators to put their written records online.