By Sadef Ali Kully
Overall crime across the borough was down last year by an 6 percent and across the city by 1.7 percent when compared to 2014, according to 2015 data reported by police officials.
In Queens North, which covers the 104th, 108th, 109th, 110th, 111th, 112th, 114th and 115th precincts, there was an estimated 9 percent decrease in overall crime and in Queens South, which covers the 100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 105th, 106th, 107th and 113th precincts, the crime rate decreased by 3.2 percent, according to the latest NYPD statistics.
The highest number of murders, a total of nine, occurred in the 113th Precinct, which covers neighborhoods in and around St. Albans, Hollis, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park, South Jamaica, Addisleigh Park and Locust Manor. The lowest number of murders—zero—was in the 111th Precinct, which covers neighborhoods in and around Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows.
The precinct with the highest number of reported rape incidents, a total of 37, was the 105th Precinct which covers Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park and the lowest number of rape incidents reported was a tie between the 111th and 112th precinctd, both reported six incidents. The 112th covers neighborhoods in Forest Hills and Rego Park.
The highest number of robberies, 383 incidents reported, were at the 103rd Precinct, which covers neighborhoods in the downtown Jamaica Business District, Hollis Park Gardens, Hollis, Lakewood, and Jamaica. The fewest robbery incidents, 44, were reported at the 112th Precinct.
The largest number of felony assaults, 444 incidents, was reported at the 103rd Precinct, while the lowest number of incidents, a total of 58, were reported at the 111th and 112th precincts.
The highest number of burglaries, 358 incidents, was reported at the 105th Precinct and the lowest number of burglaries reported, 77 incidents, occurred at the 100th Precinct, which covers Arverne, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Neponsit, Rockaway Park and Rockaway Beach.
The highest number of grand larceny incidents reported was 936 at the 109th Precinct, which covers downtown Flushing, East Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Malba, Whitestone, Beechhurst and Bay Terrace while the lowest number reported, 194 incidents, was at the 100th Precinct in the Rockaways.
The highest number of grand larceny auto reports filed were by the 106th Precinct. with 248 incidents, and the lowest number of 23 at the 100th Precinct.
The NYPD reported this month that overall crime totals for the seven major index crimes across the city fell by 1.7 percent in 2015, the lowest level on record.
Over the past two years, there has been a 5.8 percent decrease in overall crime and police officials said the city has seen record lows in several major crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary and grand larceny.
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