2012-04-20 / Top Stories

Crimes Against Property Up Throughout Peninsula

By Howard Schwach

With the recession continuing and unemployment rates in the double digit range in Rockaway, the number of crimes against property continues to rise on the peninsula.

Records reflecting crime statistics through the beginning of April provided by the police department’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Information (DCPI) show that such index crimes as burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny, auto are up for the year to date, as well as such non-index crimes as petit larceny.

Index crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny, auto are designated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for reporting by local law enforcement agencies.

While incidents are down in most of the index crimes in Rockaway, crimes against property such as burglary, grand larceny and larceny of automobiles is up.

In the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Beach, burglaries have actually fallen after a large increase in the crime last year.

Burglaries are down to 20 from 27 at this point last year. Grand larcenies, however, are up to 36 this year from 24 last year, a fifty percent rise.

Car thefts are up to 12 from 5 last year, a 140 percent rise, and petit larcenies are up to 56 from 41 last year, a 36.6 percent rise.

All in all, index crime is down nearly eight percent from last year at this time in the 100 Precinct.

In the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, burglaries are up to 28 from 18 at this time last year, a 55.6 percent increase.

Grand larcenies are up to 43 from 30 last year, a 43.3 percent rise, and petit larcenies are up to 83 from 71, a 17 percent rise.

Grand larceny, auto, however, is down one, from 10 last year to nine this year, a ten percent drop.

Crime overall in the precinct is up by 14.73 percent for the year to April 1.

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