101 Precinct: Overall Crime Down; Gun Violence Up
In what will be his final public report to the community before the new year, Deputy Inspector Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, delivered a somewhat hopeful report to the community last week at November's 101 Precinct Community Council meeting.
With no meeting scheduled for December, McMahon told those assembled that there was a reduction in several major crime categories and that overall crime was down for 2008.
"We are down in burglaries, grand larceny and stolen cars. The biggest one is grand larceny, which is down a lot," said McMahon, who added that the precinct has made 2400 arrests this year.
While overall crime is down by four percent the number of murders, robberies and felonious assaults has risen compared to the same time last year. There have been 32 gun incidents this year as compared to 15 last year; 10 murders to last year's four and 44 people have been shot this year. The officers of the 101 Precinct have also made 65 gun collars, which are down from 102 in 2007. McMahon said that, "58 percent of shootings are solved with arrests." "We continue to see a lot more younger males getting involved with guns and robbing," continued McMahon, who said most shootings are gang related.
While residents are asking for more officers at places like Redfern Houses, 41st Street Houses and Ocean Bay Apartments, the extra officers already assigned there because of increased violence, will soon be withdrawn because of budget cuts.
"We'll have to do more with less … try different things next year to reduce crime," said McMahon, who added that after the current class, there won't be a new graduating class out of the police academy for at least a year. "There probably won't be new cops here for another year, so we're going to rely on the residents to tell us about problems a little more than we did last year."
Another big problem throughout the precinct, borough and city is the theft of iPhones. McMahon warned residents to be extra careful if they own one.
"If you are walking down the street using it as a phone, be aware somebody is watching," he said.
The NYPD's CompStat statistics of the seven major crimes as defined by New York State Penal Law showed that 587 crimes have been reported in the precinct as compared to 611 the same time last year ending on November 16. Besides the stats for murder, the CompStat figures for reported crimes shows that rape has decreased from 16 to 11; robbery has gone up to 138 from 126 and felonious assaults have risen to 168 from 157. Crimes showing a downward turn from 2007 are burglary, 97 to 94; grand larceny, 154 to 115 and grand larceny auto 57 to 51.
McMahon also said that DWI arrests are up by 15 percent this year.