BY JOE MARVILLI
Queens’ felony rates fell even further in 2013, continuing a 20-year trend away from crime.
On Monday, the New York Police Department released its statistics for Dec. 23 to Dec. 29, the last full week of 2013. In that chart was a category for year-to-date crimes, compiling the entirety of crimes for the year up to that point. It also included the stats for the year-to-date crimes of 2012, for the purpose of comparison. The numbers showed that many major felonies were down in the Borough, with only a couple of categories ticking upward.
In Queens this year, there were a total of 23,900 felonies. Out of those crimes, only 59 were murders. There were 311 rapes, 3,962 robberies, 3,947 felony assaults, 4,808 burglaries, 8,421 grand larcenies and 2,392 grand larceny autos.
The 112th precinct, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, continued its streak of being murder-free for the second year, an achievement not shared by any other Queens precinct.
“A lot of it has to do with the command, particularly with the captain, Thomas Conforti. The guys and gals who work there are really on the ball,” Frank Gulluscio, district manager for Community Board 6, said. “We’re very impressed and we’re proud of them.”
The 111th precinct also got through 2013 without a murder in its borders. The 100th and 111th tied for the lowest amount of rapes, with three each. The 100th also had the lowest amount of robberies (61), burglaries (151), grand larcenies (172) and grand larceny autos (20). The 112th had 58 felony assaults, the lowest in Queens. Overall, the 100th precinct had the lowest crime total during the course of 2013.
Compared to 2012, the number of felonies in Queens has mostly decreased. There were 24,428 major crimes in that year, a two percent drop. In 2012, 83 murders, 334 rapes, 4,126 robberies, 3,885 felony assaults, 5,262 burglaries, 8,059 grand larcenies and 2,679 grand larceny autos were committed.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown noted in a recent interview with the Queens Tribune that while violent crimes are down, the economic climate in the country has led to a spike in economic crimes, like identity theft.
His statement is reflected in the crime stats, as the only increases from 2012 to 2013 were in the categories of felony assaults, an almost two percent bump, and grand larcenies, a four percent jump.
The 109th precinct had the highest crime rate in the Borough, with 2,130 incidents occurring in the past 12 months. This is mostly attributed to its high grand larceny and burglary rates, which made up nearly half of the crimes committed.
When put alongside the statistics at the end of 2001, the number of Citywide felonies went from 162,064 to about 110,338, a 30 percent drop.
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