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Murders Up, Crime Down Overall In Rockaway

Year End Statistics Shows 75 % Drop Over Ten Years
By Brian Magoolaghan
Murders Up, Crime Down Overall In Rockaway Year End Statistics Shows 75 % Drop Over Ten Years By Brian Magoolaghan

Murder is up by 100 percent in both local precincts, compared to last year, and on the rise as well in all of Southern Queens, despite an overall reduction in crime – statistics show.

The commanding officers in both local precincts confirmed the increase, and said there is no single factor responsible.

Although the four murders in the 100 Precinct and the dozen from the 101 account for only about 15 percent of this year’s murders borough-wide, 100 Precinct Captain Paul Piekarski and 101 Precinct Captain Walter Salowski said separately that their commands remain as vigilant as ever.

"One [murder] is too many for me," Salowski said this week adding that he will continue to "put the cops on the dots" – referring to the precinct house maps where criminal activity is marked with pins. Visibility and getting weapons off the street, he said, are the best things his officers can do to prevent murders and other crimes.

Piekarski called the types of murderous criminal activity "scattered" and Salowski said the same is true in the 101, pointing out that the "A" Train killing was allegedly the result of a robbery, while another incident was between ex-lovers.

Felony assaults are up by 12 percent in the 100 Precinct and robberies are up by almost 25 percent in the 101, but the entire peninsula is seeing less crime overall than last year. Both precincts have also seen significant drops in crime over the last two years and an impressive reduction of more than 75 percent compared to a decade ago.

Both commanding officers shared some common-sense advice to prevent people from becoming crime victims during the holiday season. Piekarski warned against leaving an unattended car running so that it stays warm in cold weather, because it could lead to an easy car theft – or theft of other belongings in the car. Salowski also recommended that people make bank withdrawals from inside the branch.

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