It looks like we really hit on something that people are just not talking about after we reported that a jogger was violently beaten by 5 youths and robbed on the boardwalk. There has been an awful series of crimes and tragedies on our serene strip of beach over the last few months. To summarize a few that I’m aware of:
The infamous “mini riot” on the beach during Memorial Day weekend.
On September 17th, another robbery occurred on the boardwalk.
Going through the Police blotter on the LBPD’s twitter page I can find arrests for things like assault, “criminal use of a firearm,” petit larceny, and a 16-year-old charged with second degree robbery.
There was the Allegria Rumble in August, covered only here.
Two weeks ago, the window to the Long Beach Democratic Committee Headquarters on Park Ave was smashed and considered vandalism.
There’s of course the horrible story of Kurt Doerbecker, the 23-year-old Point Lookout Resident who was shot and killed by the Nassau County Police Department after he “charged” officers with a knife.
And in addition to that tragedy, the dog walker who was struck and killed – along with his dog – by a motorist in the West End.
And how can we forget, two parachuters were arrested during Surfpocalypse!
While I’m not claiming there is some blight upon Long Beach, it certainly looks like our City by the Sea has had more than enough crime and tragedy for one summer!
I’m quite happy though that all of your phone calls and emails to the City have created results. I saw with my own eyes an LBPD car patrolling on the boardwalk last night. The LBPD is a professional force and are clearly responding to our requests to help keep the boardwalk – and the community – safe.
Residents, be smart and safe. Most importantly if something happens or you feel threatened, contact the authorities and file a police report.
I’m sure I’ve missed things, so please submit to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) additional incidents. I do ask though that you make sure there is a police report to support the allegation.