Burglaries Up; 101 Gets Extra Officers
The repercussions from superstorm Sandy continue to be felt. Since the October storm there has been a rise in burglaries in the 101st Precinct, according to its commanding officer Captain Kevin Maloney.
Robbery, rape, grand larceny and murder however are all down so far this year. There have been only slight increases in both felonious assaults and grand larceny auto, but it is the burglaries that have had the biggest impact on the precinct’s crime stats so far this year.
“We have had five in the last week that we attribute to the effects of Sandy,” said Maloney at the January 16th Precinct Community Council meeting.
Among the burglaries are break-ins at homes left deserted after the storm.
“There was also a possible contractor who came in and took things. That is [also considered] Sandy related,” said Maloney, who added that burglaries are now subsiding.
According to the most recent Comp- Stat numbers available for the week of January 7 to January 13, there were seven burglaries for that time period as opposed to only one during the same time last year. The year-to-date totals show that there have been eight burglaries so far compared with four over the same amount of time last year.
Maloney also announced that there are 11 newly assigned officers to the precinct.
“It gives me more eyes and more ears to try to prevent things,” Maloney said.
In addition, a proposal for an Impact Response Team, with 30 officers, to be assigned to the precinct, has been granted. A team was previously assigned to the precinct from July to near the end of last year.
Impact Response Teams are usually assigned to areas that need extra help.
Removing guns from the street is a high priority for Maloney and the 101st Precinct.
Last year there was an 8 percent increase in the number of guns taken off the streets by his officers. That was a total of 100 guns removed from Rockaway’s streets.
“That’s a substantial amount for a precinct this small,” the Captain said.
There is a $1,000 reward for anyone who provides information to the police that leads to the arrest of a person who possesses an illegal handgun by calling 1-866-GUN-STOP (1-866-486-7867).
Information can be left anonymously.