Rockaway Precincts Show 'Uptick' In Index Crimes
There is good news and bad news on the Rockaway crime scene as we move from 2008 to 2009.
As 2008 draws to a close, the overall crime statistics for the two Rockaway precincts show that the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach has seen a slight uptick in "Index Crimes," those crimes considered serious by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and therefore part of an "index" that is used to compare crime from one period to another. On the other hand, index crimes in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway have gone down about the same percentage as the western precinct has gone up.
The homicide rate, however, has gone up significantly in both precincts.
In the 100 Precinct, homicides jumped to five from one in 2007. In the 101 Precinct, homicides jumped from four in 2007 to ten in 2008.
While it continues to experience a moderate amount of crime compared with the rest of the city, the 100 Precinct showed a nearly four percent rise in crime with 363 crimes this year as compared with 350 last year. In the 101 Precinct, there has been a three percent drop in crime with 637 reported index crimes for the year, as opposed to 658 at the same time last year.
While overall crime is down in the 101 Precinct the number of murders, robberies and felonious assaults has risen compared to the same time last year.
The NYPD's CompStat statistics for the seven major crimes — the Index Crimes —shows there have been 10 murders in the 101 Precinct, compared to last year's four. Robbery has gone up to 143 from 131, and felonious assaults have risen to 179 from 171.
Media and city officials focused their attention on Far Rockaway, and the Redfern Houses in particular in May when Brandon Bethea, 15, was killed one night as she danced in front of 12-70 Redfern Avenue in the Redfern Houses complex. She was among two killed and five wounded during a weekend of gun violence in Far Rockaway. Ocean Bay Apartments and 41st Street Houses also saw increased violence during 2008.
Crimes in the 101 Precinct that have seen downturns include rape, 16 in 2007 to 12 this year; burglary, 104 from 106; grand larceny, 136 from 170 and grand larceny auto, 53 from 60 last year.
The 100 Precinct experienced a jump in five of the seven crimes in the CompStat figures with rapes remaining the same - five rapes being reported this year and in 2007. The precinct saw increases in the following: murder went from one in 2007 to five in 2008; felonious assaults from 75 to 84 and burglaries from 50 to 57. Four fewer robberies were reported - 73 to 69 in 2008 and grand larceny auto went from 34 to 29 this year.
While overall crime in the city is down three and a half percent, the rise in murder in both precincts follows a trend, which shows that murder is up six percent citywide compared to the same time last year.