2009-03-13 / Front Page

Rockaway Homicides Disappear

By Howard Schwach

By this time last year, there had been a spate of homicides in the area covered by the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway.

On January 5, 2008, 18-year-old Neville Ward was shot and killed by two other teens, both younger than he.

On January 14, 2008, a person going to work spotted the body of a man lying under the A Train platform at Beach 44 Street.

On February 9, 2008, another man was found shot and killed under a bush in an empty lot at Beach 45 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

Those three homicides and another that came on March 21, when a man was shot and killed at the Ocean Village houses, was a large jump from the number of homicides during that period in 2007.

This year, however, the trend has once more reversed itself. There have been no homicides so far this year in either the 101 Precinct or the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach.

In fact, crime, as measured by the Fed- eral Bureau of Investigation's "Index Crime" statistics is once again way down all over Rockaway.

Those index crimes include murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, burglary, grand larceny and car theft.

Rockaway's overall statistics show a steep drop in some major areas.

Statistics for the 100 Precinct during the period from January 1 to March 1 show: In the 101 Precinct, the statistics for the first two months show:

While neither of the two precinct commanders would speculate on the reason for the drop in crime or whether it will last, experts say that there are many variables that impact on crime statistics, including the weather and the level of drug dealing in the neighborhood.

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