Far Rockaway Leads County In Crime Reduction
The 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, which has seen a dramatic reduction in violent crime this year, helped lead Queens to an “impressive” countywide 8.6 percent decrease, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced Tuesday.
NYPD statistics through December 12 show the 101 Precinct recorded the greatest drop – nearly 25 percent – out of the 16 precincts in Queens. Patrol Borough Queens South, which encompasses both Rockaway precincts, came in third in violent crime reduction out of all of the precincts in the city.
In Queens, homicides have decreased from 115 in 2003 to 105 in 2004, nearly a 9 percent drop. Grand larceny auto fell from 7,171 to 6,218, or about 13 percent. The decrease in homicides is the third lowest over the last 34 years.
“Crime continues to plunge citywide – and Queens County continues to be the safest county in the safest big city in America,” said Brown, who listed police initiatives in high-crime areas, a partnership between prosecutors and police, alert residents and precinct Community Councils as the key reasons for the promising numbers.
“Vigilance and deployment are helping to keep our streets safer. Police and prosecutors are targeting problem areas by stepping up patrols and enforcement to make certain that repeat dangerous offenders are kept off the streets and unable to continue their criminal activity,” said Brown. “We have reallocated available resources in the face of budget cuts and counter-terrorism expenditures in a relentless effort to drive violent crime lower.”
Brown said he is optimistic that Queens can be even safer in 2005, and that it has positive implications for its communities.
“It means that our quality of life has improved and that we are living and working in a safer environment,” Brown said.