Crunching the Queens crime numbers: vehicle thefts increase, grand larcenies on the decline in April 2024

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The number of vehicle thefts across northern and southern Queens increased during the 28-day period from April 1-28, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Monday. At the same time, grand larcenies were down across the borough.

Over the course of the 28-day period, vehicle thefts in northern Queens went up 24.3%, from 169 reported cases in 2023 to 210 in 2024.

Both the 109th and 114th Precincts experienced the most significant rise in vehicle thefts in northern Queens. The 109th Precinct, which covers Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Whitestone, College Point and Bay Terrace, had reported cases jump from 29 last year to 45 this year. The 114th Precinct, which covers Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside and Jackson Heights, had cases increase from 20 to 36 over the same period of time.

At the same time, grand larcenies in northern Queens fell 8.2%, from 524 in 2023 to 481 in 2024.

The 109th Precinct saw the deepest drop in grand larcenies over the 28-day period, with reported cases falling from 123 last year to 104 this year.

In southern Queens, vehicle thefts increased 15.2% over the same 28-day period, compared to the previous year, from 125 in 2023 to 144 in 2024.

The 106th Precinct, which covers Howard Beach, Lindenwood and Ozone Park, experienced the biggest jump in vehicle thefts during the 28-day period. Reported cases there went up from 9 last year to 22 this year.

Grand larcenies in southern Queens decreased 10.8% over the 28-day period, from 260 in 2023 to 232 in 2024.

The 106th Precinct had the sharpest decline in grand larcenies at the same time as having the biggest increase in vehicle thefts. Reported grand larcenies there fell from 54 last year to 45 this year.

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The total number of reported major crimes – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and vehicle thefts – remained mostly static, with slight increases across both northern and southern Queens during the 28-day period compared to the previous year. In northern Queens, major crimes increased 0.74%, from 1,221 last year to 1,230 this year. At the same time, southern Queens experienced a 0.87% increase, from 807 last year to 814 this year.