2011-11-11 / Top Stories

Burglary Wave Over, Crime Static On Peninsula

By Howard Schwach


Captain Scott Olexa, Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park Captain Scott Olexa, Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park The wave of burglaries on the west end of the peninsula seems to be over, and the crime statistics for October were relatively flat, according to information released this week by the New York City Police Department.

For the first time in more than two months, the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach showed no reported burglaries for the week ending October 30. For the month ending the same date, there were 14 burglaries, much fewer than in July and August, when burglaries rose by nearly 400 percent over last year.

In all, crime in the 100 Precinct was flat for the final week of October and up only percentage points over last year.

Of the six FBI index crimes, murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny, auto (GLA), crime was up only slightly in the precinct. There was, however, one homicide in Rockaway Beach, pushing up the monthly statistic, but keeping pace with the one homicide in the precinct last year.


Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri, the Commanding Officer of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. Deputy Inspector Michael Lipetri, the Commanding Officer of the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. Rape remained at zero, robberies are up slightly, grand larceny is down, as is felonious assault and burglary.

The year-to-date statistics show homicides (1) and rapes (3) static from 2010 to 2011. Robbery is up 21 percent (to 69 from 57), felonious assaults are up 55 percent (to 104 from 67), burglaries are way up, thanks largely to the now-ended crime spree last summer (from 49 to 112), grand larceny is up nine percent (from 100 to 109) and GLA is down 29 percent (to 17 from 24).

Crime in Far Rockaway’s 101 Precinct is down as well.

Matching the year-to-date statistics with 2010, there were five homicides to date in both years and 13 rapes as well in each of the years. Robberies are up slightly (106 from 104), felonious assaults up 19.4 percent (160 from 134), burglaries down one, grand larcenies up nearly six percent (91 from 86) and grand larceny, auto, down 40 percent (41 from 69).

Local police officials declined to comment on the crime statistics.

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