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Friday, October 29, 2010

Flatbush Shomrim Warns Gambling Parlors In The Community

Even before the sinking economy and high unemployment rate, there were those who took on gambling as their prime source of income.

Now, with jobs scarce and despair rising, even more people are putting their resources and future at risk for a chance to turn a quick, illegal buck.

Flatbush Shomrim, the volunteer safety and security patrol that works closely with the NYPD, has received an alarmingly high number of anonymous calls from frightened wives whose husbands have lost family valuables in illegal gambling operations in the neighborhood.

These operations are right here and right under our noses, in the midst of our yeshivas, shuls and places of legitimate business. The outside of a gambling parlor may look like any other residential house that fits into the neighborhood, or even based out of phony storefronts. Single and married men from all over our neighborhood walk in and out at all hours of the day and night. This must be stopped.

Flatbush Shomrim is alerting all homeowners and storeowners that they must not rent to gamblers, despite the temptation of high rent or kickbacks from the criminal proprietors.

Such tenants who may seem legitimate, may even sublet the apartment or store without moving in. Criminal proprietors of such establishments have also fallen prey to armed robberies, attracting even more danger in our the community.

With zero tolerance for criminal activity that could embarrass our community and further endanger struggling families, Flatbush Shomrim is compiling a list of suspected gambling sites to be investigated by the police.

Those who have become addicted to gambling can get help from Safe Foundation by calling 866-569-SAFE (7233). Trained counselors are ready to help them with this problem and get their lives back on track.

Gambling parlors do not belong in our community. Everyone must do their part to keep our community safe from dangerous and illegal behavior. To report suspicious activity, call the Flatbush Shomrim 24/7 Emergency Hotline 718-338-9797.

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