September 11


TikTok Challenges May be Responsible for Local Car Thefts

September 11, 2023

Two 69th Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) for Sector B introduced themselves at their quarterly Build the Block meeting, held at Consuming Fire Ministries, at 9623 Avenue L, on Thursday, September 7th.

The quarterly meetings foster better connections between the police and the communities they serve and aim to engage residents through open forum discussions. NCOs Brian Hildenbrand and Shannon Walter were recently assigned to Sector B, which encompasses the area from East 94th Street to East 102nd Street, from the south side of Flatlands Avenue to Shore Parkway.

The NCOs provided updates on crime and issues specific to Sector B over the past three months. There have been a few break-ins reported after midnight when residents were away from home. To address this concern, they recommend that homeowners and renters consider installing security cameras to deter future break-ins and explore timer-controlled lighting to create the illusion of occupancy when they’re not present.

In addition to the break-ins, two shootings occurred in the area, but no arrests were made, and fortunately, no injuries were reported. An interesting incident involved the theft of a Hyundai car, suspected to be related to a TikTok challenge, where individuals are seen stealing Hyundai vehicles using a USB cord. To safeguard against such incidents, officers advise all residents to use air tags on their cars to help track their vehicles.

All Canarsie residents are encouraged to attend Build the Block meetings. The next meeting for Sector B will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th at Consuming Fire Ministries.

The 69th Precinct Community Council also holds monthly meetings on the last Tuesday of each month. The first meeting after the summer break will be held at 8 p.m. on September 26th at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 9408 Farragut Road.

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