Crime Climbs In 100 Precinct
While crime is down in most of the city, a minor crime wave seems to have struck the west end of Rockaway this summer, just as a new commanding officer, Captain Scott Olexa, took over the command from Deputy Inspector Tom Barrett.
Statistics provided by the NYPD’s Deputy Inspector for Public Information show that the incidence of robbery, felonious assault, burglary and grand larceny are all up this summer, some by as much as 500 percent.
Local police sources say that there have been a number if incidents both in Rockaway and in Broad Channel that have driven up the statistics and that the new captain is working hard to remediate the numbers.
Over the last two weeks in July, the period for which such statistics are available at the NYPD’s website, there have been four robberies (as opposed to two in the same period last year), seven felonious assaults (as opposed to two last year), four burglaries (as opposed to two last year) and 10 grand larcenies (as opposed to five last year).
All in all, through the end of July, robberies are up 22.2 percent, felonious assaults are up 41.7 percent, burglaries are up 97 percent and grand larcenies up 16.4 percent.
Overall, index crimes in the 100 Precinct, which include murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny, auto, are up 35 percent this year in relation to the same time period last year. Of those index crimes, the only two that are down are murder (none this year, one last year) and grand larceny, auto (down to 11 from 12 last year).
At the same time, index crimes in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, considered by most to be the more active crime precinct, are down by eight percent.