2011-02-25 / Top Stories

City Housing Crimes Up, 101 Pct Housing Crimes Down

By Miriam Rosenberg


Captain Michael Liperti, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, credits the decrease in crimes in city housing developments in his precinct to the combined work of his officers, different units in the department and the Queens District Attorney’s office. Captain Michael Liperti, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, credits the decrease in crimes in city housing developments in his precinct to the combined work of his officers, different units in the department and the Queens District Attorney’s office. Despite a 2.3 percent rise in crimes citywide in New York City housing developments, the 101 Precinct recently reported more than a 50 percent decrease in crime for 2010 – a trend that has continued into 2011.

Recently, the Daily News reported a spike in crimes at New York City Housing Authority complexes. Yet, the 101 Precinct – which covers three NYCHA housing developments – has seen a drop in crime last year and this year.

“Crime [in the developments] is down from last year,” said a police source earlier this week.

Captain Michael Lipetri, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, talked about the 2010 decrease at a precinct community meeting earlier this year.

“Redfern Housing Development, Beach 41st Street Housing Development and Edgemere Housing Development [Ocean Bay Houses] – out of all those developments, there were 39 index crimes, in all three of those developments,” said Lipetri. “That was down over 50 percent from the year before. That is everybody doing a great job. That is the gang squad, that is narcotics, that’s the 101, that’s the satellite and it’s the Queens District Attorney’s office doing what we can do.”

Of the seven major index crimes covered by the Housing Bureau’s Comp- Stat – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto – there was an increase in the city from 4,089 crimes in 2009 to 4,183 crimes last year. Citywide the number of shooting victims, 254 opposed to 309, rose by 21.7 percent and shooting incidents, 224 compared to 261, were up by 16.5 percent.

Some of the 101 Precinct’s numbers mirror the rest of Queens County. Queens was down in shooting victims (from 29 to 26) and shooting incidents (25 to 23) and the murder stats remained flat with six in both 2009 and 2010.

According to a recent article in the Daily News, State Senators Bill Perkins, Jose Serrano, Adriano Espaillat and Assemblyman Robert Rodriquez sent a letter earlier this month to NYCHA chairman John Rhea to request a meeting to discuss the crime increase in NYCHA buildings citywide. Among the strategies Perkins calls for to combat the problem is surveillance cameras, something which Redfern Houses did several years ago.

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