101 Precinct: Crime Down, Still Work To Do
Crime is down, but there is still work to do. That’s what the commanding officer of the 101 Police Precinct, Captain Michael Lipetri told area residents at January’s Precinct Community Council meeting. As reported in the December 31, 2010 issue of The Wave, crime was down in both of Rockaway’s precincts last year. Lipetri elaborated on the progress made in his command.
“At some point during the year the 101 Precinct was up approximately 40 crimes and we ended up being down 44 crimes for a minus 6.7 percent [decrease] in crime overall,” said Lipetri at the January 19 meeting. “That’s the seven majors that we talk about [for the NYPD Compstat] – the murder, the rapes, the robberies, felony assaults, the grand larcenies, the burglaries and the grand larceny auto. We were down in all categories of crime in the 101 Precinct except burglaries and grand larceny auto.
He continued by saying, “We were down in rapes, we were down in felony assaults, we were down in shootings and we were down in murders. So, that’s some good news. I’m not going to sit up here and say we won the battle. No we didn’t. There’s a lot of work to do and the men and women of the 101 Precinct are out there, and they are doing the job.” As examples of the decrease, last year there were six murders in the 101 Precinct as opposed to eight in 2009. Rapes went down from 18 in 2009 to 16 in 2010.
According to the captain, during the period of December 1, 2010 to January 4, 2011 his officers took nine weapons off the streets of Far Rockaway.
“[They] recovered nine firearms [during] nine incidents with 11 arrests,” Lipetri said. Seven of the nine guns came from the area of Mott and McBride and Dix and McBride where six people had been shot over the last few months. Lipetri is also responsible for the three housing developments in the confines of the 101 Precinct – Redfern Houses, 41st Street Houses and Ocean Bay Apartments. “It is a 7-day a week operation – housing,” he said. “There were 39 index crimes in all three housing developments [last year], down over 50 percent from year before.”
Some of the things Lipetri is looking to accomplish in the New Year include expanding patrol in the business district, due to three robberies of a Chinese deliveryman at 22-88 Mott Avenue. “It’s always been a firearm and he always goes inside the building … that’s an active pattern,” said Lipetri.Youth on youth crime is also a major concern and the precinct is working with Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s Star Track program for young people.
“We’re all working together,” said Lipetri.