District News

Lincoln Square Crime and Public Safety Update

Sep 15, 2020
public safety officer helping a pedestrian with directions

Despite large increases in crime including shootings elsewhere in the city, according to the most recent CompStat numbers, violent crime remains very low in Lincoln Square. The neighborhood is still among the safest in the city due to the great work of Captain Zuber and his officers at the 20th Precinct, as well as our Public Safety Officers, who serve as the eyes and ears of the police department. 

In just the last week, multiple arrests have been made for incidents within the district. Our Neighborhood Coordination Officers, who we are in regular contact with, informed us that the 20th apprehended the individual responsible for breaking windows at ABC Studios this past Friday, arresting the individual the following day. Additionally, another arrest was made earlier this week when officers were flagged down by a manager at Variazioni, a retail clothing store in our district, due to an attempted theft from the store. The individual was apprehended as he tried to flee the scene. In addition to fighting crime, the Lincoln Square BID has worked with the NYPD for 23 years to address quality of life issues in the neighborhood, such as homelessness and illegal vending. After attending a Zoom Meeting with multiple deputy mayors, agency heads and Commissioner Dermot Shea last week, we are happy to report that the NYPD will continue their involvement in quality of life issues including vendor enforcement for the immediate future. 

We’ve recently been informed that our current contractor for Public Safety services, Summit Security, has been acquired by Allied Universal. We are hopeful that the resources that come with being the largest private security services provider in North America will help in recruiting and retaining qualified officers for us. The group of officers we have currently will remain vigilant, continuing to monitor and report on quality of life concerns in the district.

We encourage you to call 311 (or use the 311 app) to report quality of life concerns you observe. For emergency situations where police or other emergency personnel are needed, please call 911.