From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: A Dispatch From Engert Avenue

E writes (in regards to this post):

Miss Heather,

I have no idea if this is coincidence or not but last night around 4am we had a break in at our building 76 Engert Ave, a group of young Hispanic teens buzzed their way into our building and took over our lobby (no doorman or anything) and ran down to our storage units and stole a bike and large box of containing personal items to one of the tenants here. I recovered the box but the bike is gone. Called the cops, they came and I went with them to indentify the kids since I only saw their backs as they were running and they were teenage Hispanic kids, the cop kept asking them what they were doing all the way over here and I heard one of them say they were at a party…..

If there is a lesson to be learned here it is: if you live in a building such as this do NOT blindly buzz people in.Have your guests call when they arrive and then buzz them in— or better yet: meet them in the lobby and let them in personally. While this may seen like an inconvenience, the fact is it will help prevent opportunistic crimes such this. What’s more, this is not just about property. It is about protecting the personal safety of your friends and neighbors. Be a good neighbor: keep a watchful eye on who gains access to your building.

Miss Heather


3 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: A Dispatch From Engert Avenue

  1. vintagejames on Mon, 23rd Aug 2010 8:46 am
  2. Why doesn’t a fairly new building have a video intercom system? Our building was built in 1940 and we have one. Plus a number of cameras in the building and around the property which catch things like that. A paranoid’s paradise to be sure. But it works.

  3. neighborhood threat on Mon, 23rd Aug 2010 9:22 am
  4. But – who DOES this? Who buzzes people into the building without expecting anyone? I mean, I know who does it, we had a problem with the neighbor on the second floor doing this, but I don’t understand the thought process AT ALL.

  5. vintagejames on Mon, 23rd Aug 2010 12:56 pm
  6. Well, it works like this. When you get a buzz, you look at the video intercom. If you don’t know who it is, you ignore it, or run down to the lobby, if that is your thing. I’ve had people I know who are not expected, so I recognize them and let them in. If it looks like a strange person, I know what to do. Why is this so complicated?

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