2000-04-08 / Front Page

Crime Stats Tumble In 100 Pct.

By Joan Ward George

Crime stats continue to plummet in the 100 Precinct leaving residents of the west end of the Rockaway peninsula with the distinction of living in the safest precinct in the city. Statistically, Central Park’s precinct finished in first place, but there is no residential population.

According to the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, Captain Gary Scirica, crime overall is down 23 percent this month, year to date, for the same period last year. Although grand larceny and grand larceny auto are both up 15 and 17 percent respectively, violent serious crimes like assault are down a whopping 50 percent.

Asked what he attributes the drop in crime to, Scirica said, "The analysis of crime patterns and rapid and effective deployment is what seems to be working here in the 100 Precinct. The criminals in this neighborhood know that the police continue to relentlessly follow through on all reports of suspicious and criminal activity. Regardless of what we are up against, we are going to get those responsible for the crimes. As soon as we see anything happening, we’re right on top of it."

According to Scirica, the success rate for "stranger crimes" has been excellent. These crimes are ones that are perpetrated against people who are not known to their victim. "What we’re left with," Scirica said, "is crimes being committed against people who are known to each other." Such crimes include robbery, burglary, assault and domestic incidents, just to name a few.

Scirica also credits what he calls the partnership between the police and the Rockaway community for their continued success rate in fighting crime. "I feel very strongly about this, when people take the time to get involved and let us know when something suspicious is going on, that’s a very big component of our success."

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