Crunching the Queens crime numbers: robberies and felony assaults on the rise, reported rapes decline

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The number of reported robbery and felony assault cases across Queens climbed for the 28-day period ending Feb. 4—compared to the same period last year— while the number of reported rapes dropped, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Monday.

During the 28-day period from Jan. 8 through Feb. 4, the number of felony assaults increased 11.5% in northern Queens, from 174 reported cases in 2023 to 194 this year. Over the same period of time, robberies in northern Queens went up 12.6%, from 143 to 161. Reported rapes declined 25%, from 12 to nine.

The 111th Precinct, which oversees Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Auburndale, Hollis Hills and Fresh Meadows, had the biggest increase in felony assaults over the 28-day period, from two in 2023 to eight in 2024. Robberies went up the most within the confines of the 110th Precinct, which covers Corona and Elmhurst. Cases there increased from 23 to 35.

The 108th Precinct, which covers Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside, had the most significant decline in reported rapes. After having four cases in 2023, there were none reported in 2024 over the 28-day period.

In southern Queens, felony assaults were up 8.2% during the 28-day period compared to the previous year, from 195 to 211. At the same time, robberies increased 46.5%, from 71 to 104. Rapes dropped 28.6%, from 14 to 10.

The 107th Precinct, which covers Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village and Fresh Meadows in southeast Queens, had the largest jump in felony assaults. The number of cases doubled from 13 in 2o23 to 26 this year.

The 101st Precinct, which oversees Far Rockaway and Bayswater, had the most significant increase in robberies across southern Queens. Cases there rose from two to 12.

The number of reported rapes dropped the most within the confines of the 103rd Precinct, which covers Hollis Park Gardens, Hollis, Lakewood and Jamaica. The number of cases there fell from five to two.

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The total number of reported major crimes – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and vehicle thefts – was flat across northern Queens during the 28-day period compared to the same time last year. There was a 3.13% increase in major crimes, from 1,182 to 1,219.

However, there was a more noticeable jump in major crimes across southern Queens during the 28-day period. The total number of these reported cases rose 7.4%, from 730 in 2023 to 784 in 2024.