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Deer Park Burglaries Climb in August

Commercial burglaries across the precinct doubled to 16 in August, compared to July, while residential burglaries inched up slightly to 36 in August compared to 34 in July.

Suffolk County Police Car. Credit: Patch file photo.
Suffolk County Police Car. Credit: Patch file photo.
Residential and commercial burglaries climbed across the Town of Babylon in August, according to Suffolk County Police First Precinct officers.

Inspector Gerard Gigante said commercial burglaries across the precinct doubled to 16 in August, compared to July, while residential burglaries climbed slightly to 36 in August compared to 34 in July. However, burglaries on the year were down 10 percent, he said.

Deer Park saw six residential burglaries in August and accounted for 38 percent of the precinct's commercial burglaries with six in August. North Babylon had no commercial break-in's, but recorded four residential burglaries during the month.

Deer Park also saw spikes in robberies and stolen vehicles during August, with three of each during the month. North Babylon, on the other hand, had no reports of either crime in August.

Across the precinct, stolen vehicles and robberies dropped off during the final month of summer. Gigante noted that these crimes tend to fluctuate during the year, but agreed it was good to see them down during a usually busy month.

First Precinct officers made a total of 710 arrests in August, down about 5 percent from July's 747 arrests.

Motor vehicle crashes dropped 14.4 percent to 560 in August, with 13.6 percent causing injury and only one fatality.

Thirty-three people were arrested during the month on DWI charges.

The next Community Meeting is expected to be held at West Babylon Public Library on November 7 at 7 p.m

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