BY JON CRONIN
The 106th Precinct is celebrating a nearly 50 percent drop in car thefts, 20 percent drop in robberies and nearly 15 percent drop in overall crime for 2016.
That statistic placed the department sixth out of 77 precincts across the city for the best in crime reduction, said Captain Brian Bohannon, the precinct’s commanding officer.
“It is actually a reduction of 231 index crimes,” Bohannon said.
One of the most dramatic drops in crime was in the category of grand larceny auto. In 2015, there were 247 auto thefts, and last year the statistic dropped 50 percent to 123 incidents.
“That can be attributed to a couple of different things,” Bohannon said. “We had a large takedown of auto crime in early 2016, where they broke up some of the crews that were doing some damage in the command.”
He said the precinct also started following up on auto theft incidents during which the car was recovered and recording what kind of damage was done. He said the follow-ups also notified them as to whether the theft was misclassified when a car was towed or a family member had borrowed it.
Bohannon said robberies dropped from 264 to 211 incidents, which is the lowest number he can recall in recent years. The NYPD did not keep computerized statistics until 1994.
Bohannon said he believes that much of the precinct’s success in crime reduction can be attributed to good communication between the precinct and the community. He said either he or his community affairs officers attend all the civic meetings in the area.
“We also try to nip those nuisance offenses before they grow to large offense,” Bohannon said, regarding many quality of life issues that residents report.
He also attributes the crime drop to faster response times, for which, he notes, the precinct was below the city average since he took over as the commanding officer in October.
However, Bohannon noted that shooting incidents were up in the precinct. In 2015, there were 11 and, in 2016, 12 incidents with 15 victims. Seven of the shootings were closed with arrests, while the other five are still being investigated.
“We actually had nine homicides last year, which is a large uptick from the previous year,” said Bohannon, who added that there were only three in 2015.
He cited the double murder of Imam Maulama Akonjee and Thara Uddin in Ozone Park and the murder of Karina Vetrano in Howard Beach. Bohannon noted that although there was only one more shooting incident in the precinct, there were six more homicides.
“Not all were shooting victims, one was through strangulation and the other was with a knife,” he said.
He said that domestic violence incidents also went up from 103 in 2015 to 120 in 2016, which is a 8.9 percent rise. Bohannon believes that one attributing factor is that domestic violence is now considered a felony by the Queens district attorney’s office, which previously labeled the offense as a misdemeanor.
Bohannon said that the precinct will also be “aggressively” responding to 311 complaints in 2017.
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