2007-12-28 / Front Page

2007 Crime Stats Show Mixed Bag

By Howard Schwach

While the majority of "Index Crimes" show a downward trend, the statistics show a mixed bag for the two Rockaway police precincts, with one more week to go in 2007.

Andrew Smalls, left, is led into the 101 Precinct house, under arrest for the murder of a man who Smalls believed killed his brother late last year. Andrew Smalls, left, is led into the 101 Precinct house, under arrest for the murder of a man who Smalls believed killed his brother late last year. Overall, crime was down by a small percentage in the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, and up by a slightly higher percentage in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway.

In fact, there were 339 Index Crimes in the 100 Precinct in 2006 and 337 this year. In the 101 Precinct, there were 660 Index Crimes this year, up from 613 in 2006.

In general, crimes against individuals fell, while crimes against property rose.

The Index Crimes, defined as such by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, include: murder; rape; robbery; felonious assault; burglary; grand larceny and grand larceny - auto.

The 100 Precinct was down in the majority of Index Crimes.

Murders in that precinct fell to one from the two last year. Rapes fell from 11 to five. Robberies were down from 75 to 70. Burglaries fell from 60 to 47.

On June 1, a stretch of beach in Rockaway Park was closed when an assault touched off a large fight. On June 1, a stretch of beach in Rockaway Park was closed when an assault touched off a large fight. Some Index Crimes rose, however, last year over 2006.

Felonious assaults rose to 73 from 62 in 2006. Grand larcenies rose from 96 to 107. Car thefts went up, from 33 to 34. All in all, crime fell by 0.59 percent, according to the CompStat crime statistics.

Index Crimes rose by 7.67 percent in the 101 Precinct, with 660 Index Crimes this year as opposed to 613 last year.

Murders dropped from six to four. Rapes dropped from 21 to 16. Robberies dropped from 157 to 133 and car thefts dropped from 62 to 59.

A number of Index Crimes were up, however.

Felonious assaults went up from 148 to 171, a rise of more than 15 percent. Burglaries went up 28 percent, from 82 in 2006 to 105 this year.

Grand larcenies went up more than 25 percent as well, from 137 to 172.

While crime rose slightly this year, the historical perspective shows deep cuts in crime over the past 15 years.

Police search the Redfern Houses in June for clues leading to the murderer of rising rapper Stack Bundles. Police search the Redfern Houses in June for clues leading to the murderer of rising rapper Stack Bundles. For example, there were 14 murders in the 101 Precinct in 1990, with seven in the 100 Precinct. This year, there were four and one, respectively.

In 1993, there were a total of 1,125 car thefts in Rockaway. In 2007, that total fell to 92.

Burglaries show an even deeper drop. In total, there were 1,250 burglaries in Rockaway in 1993. In 2007, there were a total of 152, a drop of more than 80 percent.

While police officials declined to comment on the specifics, they point to the drop in drug-related crimes, and specifically credit the measures put into effect after the spate of murders on the peninsula at the end of 2006.

In addition, citywide officials credit the long-term drop to the accountability of precinct commanders due to the CompStat process that began under Police Commissioner William Bratton and continues today.

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