FoHi Crime Stats Down

January 8, 2008 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Despite my recent unpleasant encounter, the 112th precinct cops are getting the job done and the area (Forest Hills/Rego Park) is showing dramatically reduced numbers in 5 out of 7 crime categories. From the Daily News:

The precinct’s positive changes, detailed in new NYPD statistics, include robberies dipping 41.6%, from 203 in 2006 to 116 in 2007. Stolen autos dropped 24.7%, from 226 to 170.

Assaults were down 18%, from 61 in 2006 to 50 in 2007, along with more modest declines in rapes and grand larceny.

There are a couple of things in the article I’d like to know more about:

  1. Robberies went down 42.8%—does this stat include the recent spate of bank robberies around here?
  2. Heidi Chain, president of the community precinct council, says, “If individuals are better educated, then they’re not doing things that would make them into a victim” with regard to lectures the precinct has organized on lectures on how to safeguard homes and where to carry wallets or pocketbooks. Isn’t this more about the cops routinely sweeping away anyone who looks like s/he doesn’t belong?

Some really good news is that car theft is down (24.7%). In the 20 years I’m living here, I never gave any thought to the danger of burglary or assault (this is Queens, not Brooklyn, after all), but car theft was a real problem. Unfortunately, the murder rate has gone up—there were none in 2006 but 3 in 2007, making that the greatest changing stat. of all.

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