Crunching the Queens crime numbers: murders drop in the north, spike in the south, vehicle thefts continue to be up across borough

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The number of murders was down in northern Queens and up in southern Queens during the 28-day period from Mar. 11 to Apr. 7, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Monday. At the same time, vehicle thefts throughout the borough continued to trend up.

Over the course of the 28-day period, murders in northern Queens decreased 75%, from four last year to just one this year. The one case occurred within the confines of the 104th Precinct, which covers Ridgewood, Glendale, Maspeth and Middle Village.

Vehicle thefts jumped up 29.7% in northern Queens, from 155 in 2023 to 201 in 2024. The largest increase was within the confines of the 111th Precinct. Reported cases there rose from eight last year to 21 this year.

Northern Queens also experienced a significant decrease in grand larcenies, with cases falling 12.9%, from 520 in 2023 to 453 in 2024. The 109th Precinct, which covers Flushing, Queensboro Hill, College Point, Whitestone and Bay Terrace, had the largest drop in cases. Reported cases there declined from 118 in 2023 to 92 in 2024.

During the same period of time, murders in southern Queens increased 400%, from one last year to five this year. This includes two reported cases that occurred within the confines of the 113th Precinct, which oversees Hollis, South Jamaica, South Ozone Park and St. Albans.

In southern Queens, vehicle thefts went up 28.8% during the 28-day period, from 111 in 2023 to 143 in 2024. Three different precinct experienced the same growth in these cases. In the 101st Precinct, which covers Far Rockaway and Bayswater, vehicle thefts rose from three last year to ten this year. Within the confines of the 107th Precinct, which covers Cunningham Heights, Hilltop Village and Fresh Meadows, vehicle thefts rose from 17 in 2023 to 24 in 2024. Reported cases went up in the 113th Precinct from 16 in 2023 to 23 in 2024.

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In northern Queens, major crimes increased 0.59%, from 1,192 to 1,199. Major crimes in southern Queens had a more noticeable increase, rising 1.56%, from 769 in 2023 to 781 in 2024.

The total number of reported major crimes – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and vehicle thefts – went up slightly across the borough during the 28-day period, compared to the same time last year at 0.97%.