2011-08-26 / Top Stories

Post Calls West End ‘Dangerous Hood’

By Howard Schwach

After years of being overshadowed by the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, recent crime statistics show that the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park has finally made the spotlight, being called a “Dangerous Hood” by the New York Post.

In a recent story, The Post wrote of the nine precincts in the city where there has been “an alarming crime spike,” and ‘the 100’ is certainly one of those precincts.

When you look at the statistics closely, however, the great majority of cases in that spike in crime in the eight other precincts is in the areas of murder and rape, while the spike in Rockaway is in the areas of burglary and felonious assault, although there has been an uptick in rapes as well – to five this year from three last year.

Local sources say the problem is not one of percentages, but one of numbers.

They point out that the crime numbers in the 100 Precinct are so small that a jump of one or two crime events can make a tremendous jump in percentages.

For example, those sources say, the percentage of burglaries has gone to 74 this year from 36 last year, largely due to the economy and a recent crime wave that hit both Broad Channel and the west end of Rockaway. While there has been an increase of 38 incidents, that crime wave pushed the statistics to show a 105.6 increase, something that drew the notice of the Post in its story.

Rape incidents in the precinct went to five this year from 3 last year, an increase of 66.7 percent.

Counting all of the FBI Index crimes, which include murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny, auto, crime in the 100 Precinct is up 36.99 percent.

In the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, which is widely considered to be the more crime prone precinct, crime is down 7.87 percent.

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