North and Central Merrick Civic Association
Claudia Borecky, President          516-972-6988            claudiaborecky@gmail.com

Neighborhood Watch

  1.  North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Facebook Page – A Facebook page was launched to send out immediate notices of criminal activities in our community.  Please “Like” the page so that you can get up to the minute reports.  Email alerts continue to be a vital feature of our program.

 

  1. Nassau County Police Department’s Community Outreach Meetings –  Nassau County hired the Police Executive Research Forum (“PERF”) to provide management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support our law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.  NCMCA President Claudia Borecky, together with other civic leaders from the 19th legislative district, met with these representatives to discuss the community’s relationship with our police department.

It was unanimously felt that the loss of our Problem-Oriented Police (“POP”) officers has had an impact on the safety of our community.  Regularly assigned POP officers worked in conjunction with the civic leaders in identifying areas of concern for each civic’s community.   Civic leaders agreed that the police response time was excellent, but have had complaints that the follow-up was poor.  We asked for increased patrols in problem areas.  We also expressed great concern about the heroin epidemic and asked that the heroin task force be reinstated.

  1.  The Nassau County Police Department held a meeting for community leaders in the 1st Precinct at the Uniondale Library.  Our Neighborhood Watch Program Director Lenny Goldstein and Vice-President Francine Goldstein attended the meeting.  They asked for better communication as we often call the police to verify reports and do not receive a timely call back on the issue.  Again, without POP officers, not having that personal connection makes it difficult for us to timely notify our membership of impending danger.

The NCPD discussed the County’s 911 program and gave safety tips for protecting your families


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Neighborhood Watch Program


The 1st Precinct of the Nassau County Police Department does a phenomenal job at protecting and serving the people of the Merricks.  However, they cannot be everywhere.  They need the community to be their eyes and ears.  The purpose of the Neighborhood Watch is to alert the police of suspicious activity in our area; be aware of our neighbors’ activities so that we know when to alert the police; learn how best to avoid becoming a victim; and to create a safe haven that staves off criminals.

This is not a vigilante group.  We do not have patrols.  We simply observe our community and call 911 if there is any suspicious activity.  As a participant, all that is expected is to be aware of suspicious activity on your block.  Basically, if you see something…say something.  Call 911 if you see anything unusual on your particular block.  Know your neighbors and their habits and call 911 if you see anything unusual. All 911 calls can be confidential.  As advised by the Community Policing Unit, please call 911 and not precinct directly. All calls are prioritized through the county’s computerized 911 system and are handled more quickly and effectively.

Joining the N Merrick Neighborhood Watch Program will allow us to notify homeowners quickly of any incident (mainly via email).   Emails will have a description of the incident and will provide as much detail without giving specific addresses, family names or other sensitive info. We are also in the process of getting Neighborhood Watch signs put up by the Town of Hempstead on all blocks that are participating in the program. 

We are always in need of Block Captains.  Block Captains will help recruit for the program and will be the lead point of contact for all incidents on your block.  This will allow him/her to piece together information that he/she may be receiving from other neighbors.  Your block captain will keep records and keep the Regional Director informed of all incidents.  This chain of contacts will make it easier for the Regional Directors to detect trends in the neighborhood and can serve as the liaison between the police and the community.  If you do not have a Block Captain, please report all incidents to Regional Director. 

The Regional Directors will report to the program director who will work with the police, the civic association and the community and determine if further action is needed.  The program director and Regional Directors sit on the board of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association and report to the board at its monthly meetings.  The Regional Director and/or Program Directors may hold separate meetings if it is deemed necessary.

Thank you for participating in this neighborhood program. 

A united community can prevent crime!

Lenny Goldstein, Neighborhood Watch Program Director
magmart@aol.com 

NWP welcomes new Regional Director  -The North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Program is happy to announce the appointment of our newest Regional Director, Sue Moller, to Region 3, which covers Merrick north of the Southern State Parkway to Camp Avenue and from Merrick Avenue east to the Bellmore border.  


 

If you are interested in becoming a Block Captain, or just want to join the NWP, please contact your Regional Director (see chart below) or NCMCA President Claudia Borecky at 516-972-6988 or email claudiaborecky@gmail.com.  IA united community can prevent crime!

     North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Regional Directors

Region 1

Claudia Borecky (acting)

516-972-6988

South of North Jerusalem to Southern State From Uniondale border to Bellmore border

Region 2

Lenny Goldstein 

516-868-8490

South of SS Pkwy to Camp Ave between Meadowbrook Pkwy and Merrick Ave

Region 3

Sue Moller

516-516-939-8646

South of SS Pkwy to Camp Ave between Merrick Ave and Bellmore Border

Region 4

Mark Manas 

516-379-1697

S of Camp Ave to Sunrise Hwy Between Meadowbrook Pkwy and Merrick Ave.

Region 5

Audrey Ciuffo  

516-223-0017

South of Camp Ave. to Sunrise Highway Between Merrick Ave. and Bellmore border

Useful Neighborhood Watch Tools supplied by the Nassau County Police Dept

Suspicious Person Worksheet

Suspicious Vehicle Worksheet

These forms will help you provide detailed information to the 911 operator to help responding officers.

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March 5, 2015

A resident on Montague Avenue reported that his neighbor alerted him to someone going through his vehicle in his driveway around 1:00 AM this past Saturday. He called 911 and followed the suspect who was apprehended by the police, who turned out to be an 18 year old male from Roosevelt. Police found a few dollars in his pocket and nothing else. Since he possessed no identifiable property belonging to the homeowner, he was released after police took his name. There was no probable cause, according to the police, if  no incriminating items are found in his possession. Please make sure to lock your vehicles, and try to light up your driveway and entrance to discourage these types of crimes. 

February 26, 2015

A shooting in our area last year caused a flurry of concern about security and interest in our Neighborhood Watch was revived. Many of our neighbors volunteered to become block captains and sign up the neighbors on their block who were not yet members. After things calmed down, very few people actually followed through. Hopefully, when the weather warms up, we can restart that process.

Things in our area have been fairly quiet. However, there were some recent reports of items stolen from unlocked cars in driveways. 

Please keep your cars locked and valuables our of sight. 

Leave outside lights on with a timer or a photo cell. Light up your driveways. Most area between houses are completely dark creating problems for our Police when they are called to respond. 

Don't leave the inside of your house completely dark if you are away.  Use timers to turn a light on and off simulating occupancy. Arrange for newspapers, circulars, and mail to be removed or held until your return.  Let your neighbors know that you will be a way so they can keep an eye on your house. 

Sign up for the Neighborhood Watch. Our email notifications are the best way to stay informed about neighborhood concerns. There is no membership fee to join the Neighborhood Watch. It is one of the many benefits of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association.

We have door and window decals available at our cost of $1.00 for a large  4.5" X 6"  or two smaller 3" X 4" decals. Put them on your doors and windows to show that you and your neighbors are keeping an eye out for each other. 

If you do see something suspicious - CALL 911.  People sitting in a car on your street for long periods of time. Strangers walking in and out of driveways. Vans constantly cruising your street with no apparent destination. Call 911.  The system will prioritize your call. It doesn't have to be an emergency. Don't wait until it is. 

Recently, a member on Briarcliff Drive reported someone coming to her house at 7:45 PM asking for signatures on a petition for bottle recycling. It seemed suspicious because of the late hour and the extreme cold of that evening. I contacted the police to determine if it was part of a pattern, and they had no other similar reports. It may have been completely innocent, but be careful when you open your door to a stranger. If you have anything suspicious like this happen, call 911 and report it. If you don't make out a report, the police will never see a pattern. 

If you are not yet a paid member of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association, please consider sending in your $20 membership fee for this year. The association has many expenses over the year including the cost of this website. We are all volunteers, and the membership fees do not even come close to covering our expenses. Many of your children take part in the Halloween Spooktacular and Spring Eggstravaganza. We provide scholarships for our children, respond to potholes, road paving problems, veterans concerns, and protection of your home and family. In short, we try to keep our area a special place to live.  Please help us by making out a check for $20 to NCMCA and sending it to:  P.O. Box 500, Merrick, NY 11566. You may also pay online by visiting:  www.northmerriccivic.com

As a special bonus, your $20 family membership fee will include admission for your children to the Spooktacular and the Eggstravaganza as well as priority entry to both events.  After joining, email Claudia Borecky at ClaudiaBorecky@gmail.com and let her know how many children are in your family.

Thank you,
Lenny Goldstein

North Merrick Neighborhood Watch
Program Director



February 24, 2015

Nassau County has set up a "Smart 911" service to enhance 911 call taking, streamline response time, assist in planning and response in event of a disaster, and provide emergency alerts to residents. "Smart 911" allows residents to create a free safety profile for their household at:
www.Smart911.com that can include information necessary for 911 call takers to have in the event of an emergency. Details can include names and photos of all family members, medical conditions, allergies, pets, and emergency contacts.The safety profile is a way for residents to include information that will enhance disaster response such as power needs for medical equipment, evacuation assistance, or sheltering needs. In the event of a natural disaster, public safety officials will be able to quickly determine which residents need assistance. Residents can also opt-in to receive emergency alerts from public safety officials based on geographic location of events. These notifications can be sent in various ways including phone, text, and email. You might want to sign up for this valuable service.

  1.  North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Facebook Page – A Facebook page was launched to send out immediate notices of criminal activities in our community.  Please “Like” the page so that you can get up to the minute reports.  Email alerts continue to be a vital feature of our program.

  • 2. Nassau County Police Department’s Community Outreach Meetings –  Nassau County hired the Police Executive Research Forum (“PERF”) to provide management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support our law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.  NCMCA President Claudia Borecky, together with other civic leaders from the 19th legislative district, met with these representatives to discuss the community’s relationship with our police department.

    1. It was unanimously felt that the loss of our Problem-Oriented Police (“POP”) officers has had an impact on the safety of our community.  Regularly assigned POP officers worked in conjunction with the civic leaders in identifying areas of concern for each civic’s community.   Civic leaders agreed that the police response time was excellent, but have had complaints that the follow-up was poor.  We asked for increased patrols in problem areas.  We also expressed great concern about the heroin epidemic and asked that the heroin task force be reinstated.


    2.  The Nassau County Police Department held a meeting for community leaders in the 1st Precinct at the Uniondale Library.  Our Neighborhood Watch Program Director Lenny Goldstein and Vice-President Francine Goldstein attended the meeting.  They asked for better communication as we often call the police to verify reports and do not receive a timely call back on the issue.  Again, without POP officers, not having that personal connection makes it difficult for us to timely notify our membership of impending danger.
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