2004-10-08 / Community

100 Precinct Has Lowest Auto Theft Stats In All Of NYC

The amount of cars stolen in Rockaway each year is just a drop in the citywide auto-theft bucket, and cars parked in the 100 Precinct are the safest in NYC, police CompStat statistics show.

Of the 2,056 automobile related grand larcenies reported in the eight precincts that make up the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Queens South, just 86 were from Rockaway: There have been 54 in the 101 Precinct and 32 in the 100 through mid-September of this year.

Compare Rockaway’s figures with the 103 Precinct – a “multi-cultural command” comprising the downtown Jamaica Business District, Hollis, Hollis Park Gardens, Lakewood, and Jamaica. With just about the same population total as the Rockaway Peninsula, it has documented 250 complaints already – more than double Rockaway’s combined total. The 105 Precinct, for example has 418 reports of grand larceny auto, and the 107 Precinct, led by the former commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, Deputy Inspector Charles Talamo, has 334.

Captain Paul Piekarski, Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct, which has the lowest auto-theft stats in the city, was pleased with the news but warned residents against becoming complacent.

“Don’t take for granted that this is a safe neighborhood. We have to continue to work hard,” Piekarski said. A proponent of “preventative maintenance,” Piekarski reminded residents to never leave their car unattended with the engine running and to keep valuables out of sight. He pointed to a trend of auto-related crime in Belle Harbor last summer where his officers, community leaders and residents worked together to nip the problem in the bud. The numbers seem to evidence Piekarski’s goal, of improving on the precinct already low crime figures, which he shared with The Wave shortly after taking over the command last year.

Citywide statistics show a remarkable downward pattern that started more than a decade ago. Queens South, the 100 and the 101 Precincts have seen an auto theft reduction of between 83 and 87 percent over that last 11 years.

And the trend is clearly continuing. Based on last year’s figures, the 100 Precinct is down 11.1 percent, the 101 is down by nearly 17 percent and Queens South has seen a 20 percent decrease.

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