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Extra police near Kings Plaza

The NYPD is stepping up its patrol of Kings Plaza this holiday season.

“Brooklyn South Task Force is coming in with other specialized units to keep everything at bay,” Lieutenant Robert Haley of the 63rd Precinct said at last week’s Marine Park Civic Association meeting.

The officers will monitor the streets around Kings Plaza, located at Avenue U and Flatbush Avenue, hoping to deter shoplifters and pickpockets in the mall as well.

Cops will pay special attention to dollar van drivers, who residents accuse of speeding and reckless driving.

“We’re attacking dollar vans like mad,” Haley said.

Also along Flatbush Avenue, cops hope to quell violence between teenagers.

“Robberies — three or four on Flatbush Avenue,” said Haley, noting that the robberies usually involved electronics such as iPods.

“School kids are the worst because they gang up on each other,” Haley said. “They’re violent crimes, they’ll beat other youths up.”

Haley was quick to note that crime in the precinct is down in spite of incidents.

“We’re way below from last year as a whole,” Haley said.

In the 63rd Precinct, there’s been “100 fewer burglaries than we had last year,” Haley said.

In the last 28 days, there were five burglaries in the precinct. The incidents occurred on different blocks and there appears to be no pattern linking them, Haley noted.

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