The total number of major crimes across Queens during the first month of 2024 remained mostly static compared to the totals from January 2023, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Monday.
During the 28-day period from Jan. 1-28, the total number of major crimes increased 3.95% in northern Queens, from 1,139 over that time span in 2023 to 1,184 this year. In southern Queens, there was a 2.87% increase, from 766 to 788. The major crimes factored into these totals are murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and automobile theft.
Grand larceny was up significantly in northern Queens during the 28-day period compared to last year. Cases there increased from 472 to 502. The 115th Precinct, which covers Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and North Corona, had the biggest spike in such cases, rising from 50 in 2023 to 86 in 2024.
Rape and burglary were the only two major crimes in northern Queens to experience a decline during the 28-day period compared to the same time last year. Rape cases went down from 16 last year to seven this year and burglaries decreased from 172 to 147. Murders remained unchanged, with two this year and two last year.
Burglaries dropped the most within the confines of the 111th Precinct, which covers Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows. Reported cases there fell from 31 t0 15.
Automobile theft was the crime category in southern Queens that rose the most over the 28-day period compared to the same time last year. Reported cases went up from 131 last year to 157 this year. The 105th Precinct, which covers Bellerose, Cambria Heights, Glen Oaks, Laurelton and Queens Village, had the biggest jump in reported cases, from 16 in 2023 to 31 in 2024.
Grand larceny was the major crime in southern Queens that underwent the most significant drop, with reported cases falling from 261 to 244. The 106th Precinct, which covers Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Ozone Park, had the steepest decline in reported grand larcenies across southern Queens. Cases there fell from 56 last year to 34 this year.