2009-07-10 / Front Page

Peninsula Crimes Drop

By Nicholas Briano

More than a year after a string of separate shootings in Far Rockaway left three teenagers dead and several more wounded, NYPD statistics show a decrease in serious crimes across the peninsula.

The most notable is the drop in homicides in the 101 Precinct. By this time last year there had been six murders compared to only one this year. Meanwhile the 100 Precinct, which has traditionally been far less active in terms of serious crimes, has also seen a drop from five murders a year ago to two this year.

This is good news for the peninsula considering the lack of resources both precincts are forced to deal with because of a city-wide decrease in the police force. The 101 Precinct, which covers the peninsula east of Beach 57 Street, has seen a nearly 18 percent drop in serious crimes. The NYPD statistics encompass murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto. While overall crime is down in the 101 Precinct, rapes are up 44 percent from last year; 13 compared to nine last year, the only category to see a significant rise.

The 100 Precinct, on the other hand, has seen one of the biggest drops in crime in the borough; down 32 percent. Robberies have dropped 40 percent followed by grand larceny, which is down 37 percent.

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