2012-01-13 / Top Stories

Peninsula Crime Up For 2011

By Howard Schwach

Most Rockaway residents have noticed the large number of police cars that have been patrolling the precinct ever since the New Year.

Those extra police officers, who seem to be omnipresent in certain sections of the peninsula, are, in part, assigned to Operation Impact, a program designed to flood high crime areas with extra police for a month or two. The remainder of the visiting cops are just out of the police academy and are in Rockaway for their regular training cycle.

They are all here because crime is up throughout the precinct, not just in the usual high-crime areas, but in the west end as well.

In fact, the number of index crimes in the 100 Precinct nearly doubled – to 625 from 323 in 2010 – led by a tripling of burglaries due to a summer burglary pattern that has yet to be resolved.

Crime in the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway actually dropped slightly, to 635 in 2011 from 655 in 2010.

In that precinct, felonious assaults and grand larceny incidents rose slightly, while murder rose by two and rapes by one.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Index Crimes include murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny, auto.

The federal government mandates that local police units keep statistics on those crimes and report them to the federal government on a regular basis.

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