2007-12-05 / Features

114th Precinct Crimes Show Significant Decrease

BY RICHARD GENTILVISO

With less than a month left in 2007, crime is down by 8.31 percent, compared to 2006 in the 114th Precinct. Doubledigit decreases are reported in four of the seven major crime categories as of Thanksgiving week. Citywide, crime is down 6.47 percent.

Representative of the effort by the men and women of the 114th precinct, Police Officers Michael Rosello, Andrew Dickson and Vincent Florez were presented with Cop-of-the-Month awards for the month of October at the November meeting of the precinct community council.

The weekly "CompStat" report shows the 114th Precinct dropped 16.1 percent in grand larceny auto thefts, 34.3 percent in felony assaults, 42.8 percent in murders, and 55.2 percent in rapes for the period 11/19/07 through 11/25/07, compared to the same period last year.

There was an increase of 7 percent recorded in felony assaults for the week, and minor increases of 2.6 percent in grand larcenies and 0.2 percent in burglaries.

The drop in violent crimes in the 114th parallels a citywide trend, with New York City on track to have under 500 murders by the end of the year. This would be the lowest annual number since the New York Police Department began the current method of crime reporting in 1963.

In 1990, there were 30 murders, 42 rapes and 839 felony assaults reported in the 114th. By 2006, the numbers were eight murders, 41 rapes, and 267 felony assaults. This year, so far, there have been four murders, 17 rapes, and 259 felony assaults.

There were 2,245 murders in New York City in 1990. Since then, crime has been historically reduced. Comparing 2006 to 1990 in the 114th, murder is down 73.3 percent, robbery down 74.8 percent, burglary down 83.6 percent, auto theft down 88.5 percent.

Outside of New York City, violent crime is rising, according to FBI crime statistics, which showed an increase of 3.7 percent in violent crimes for the first half of 2006. Nationwide, murder is up 1.4 percent.

"You would expect New York to follow the national trend, but instead, murders continue to go down considerably," Thomas A. Reppetto, a police historian said, in a November 22 New York Times report.

Reppetto, in the Times report, said the NYPD not only has reduced murders by nearly 80 percent, but has also changed the dynamics of homicide in a city of 8.5 million people.

According to the Times report, of 400 murders the NYPD has analyzed so far this year, 196 victims and 149 alleged killers had previous arrests for homicides. In addition, 77 percent of alleged killers and 70 percent of victims had prior arrest records.

What this boils down to is that of the killings analyzed by the NYPD so far this year, only 35 were found to have been committed by people who didn't know their victims. Most murders today are happening in disputes with friends or acquaintances or in drug gangs.

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