Last night, my girlfriend's car got broken into on Jamaica Street. Jamaica is a quiet, one-way street off of South Street which is generally peaceful and family oriented. The thieves broke in by manipulating the driver's (street) side window so it came off its track and rummaged around but didn't find anything worth stealing. The car is a 1994 Honda Civic sh*tbox that obviously didn't have anything valuable in it. Perhaps they wanted to steal the vehicle for parts, but she had an ignition disabler installed.
I've lived in JP for about ten years, and this past year I've had my apartment broken into during broad daylight, losing not only my laptop and assorted material items that I worked and saved up for, but the sense of security and happiness that living in JP held for me. The police didn't seem overly interested in solving this crime, and scoffed at the suggestion that they take fingerprints of the window that the criminals clearly used as a point of entry. Multiple friends of mine have had their cars broken into and/or things stolen off of their cars (Thule racks, spoilers, etc.) in fairly "nice" sections of JP. All of this, plus the obvious proliferation of gang violence, is really making me think twice about living in JP. Ten years ago, I would walk from the Midway to Forest Hills at 1am and feel totally fine about it. Now? No way. What is happening to our neighborhood and how can we fix it? I'm at the point where I'd welcome Guliani in to clean up, and I hate that guy and everything he stands for. But I hate getting violated, shot at and robbed more.