2010-12-31 / Front Page

Peninsula Crime Dips In 2010

By Howard Schwach
Major crimes took a holiday in Rockaway in 2010, according to statistics released this week by the CompStat Unit of the New York City Police Department.

Deputy Inspector Thomas Barrett CO, 100 Pct. (l.) and Captain Michael LiPetri CO, 101 Pct. (r.). Deputy Inspector Thomas Barrett CO, 100 Pct. (l.) and Captain Michael LiPetri CO, 101 Pct. (r.). Those statistics, which cover the period from January 1 to December 19, show that “impact crimes” such as murder, rape and assault are down in both the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park and the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway.

Last year, the 101 Precinct saw eight murders. This year, there were six, a drop of 25 percent. In the 100 Precinct, which investigated two murders last year, there was only one this year.

Similarly, there were 18 rapes in the 101 Precinct last year and 16 this year, a drop of 11 percent. In the 100 Precinct, there were five rapes last year and four this year, a drop of 20 percent.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation lists seven “Index Crime” categories and requires police departments throughout the nation to maintain records on those crimes and to report them to the federal agency.

They include murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny, auto (GLA).

The 101 Precinct saw a reduction in all of the index crimes with the exception of burglary (up 26.7 percent) and GLA (up 18.5 percent).

The 100 Precinct saw a reduction in all of the index crimes with the exception of robbery (up 26 percent) and GLA (up 13 percent).

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Thanks to the two excellent

Thanks to the two excellent commanders and their officers. The police can't do alone. Charity begins at home, so all good citizens have to get involved. We should let the criminals know that we won't be victimized anymore. See a criminal in action, say something (yell or blow a whistle or blow your car horn or call 911)! Most of these criminals are just "punks" and cowards.


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