2012-08-10 / Top Stories

Larcenies Up Throughout Peninsula

By Howard Schwach

The incidence of larcenies is running high throughout the Rockaway peninsula, with both local precincts reporting double-digit raises in several categories related to crimes against people and property.

In the 100 Precinct in Rockaway Park, for example, there were 148 grand larcenies reported for 2011. As of the end of July, there were 78 grand larcenies reported in the precinct. This year, however, there have already been 107 grand larcenies reported and officials say the number could well go over 200 this year, a number that has not been seen since 1990.

Petit larcenies for the first half of the year are also up in the precinct, to 208 from 145, a rise of more than 43 percent.

In the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway, there were a total of 123 larcenies in 2011. As of the end of July this year, there have been 122 this year, up from 59 at this time last year.

Petit larcenies are also way up in the 101 Precinct. Last year, at the end of July, there had been 197 and that score has now gone up to 254.

The local numbers mirror what is happening citywide, with larcenies up in the majority of New York City’s precincts.

Local sources say that the problem may lie with the economy. With more people out of work and fewer of them getting unemployment insurance, some many be turning to crime to keep their family fed and afloat.

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