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Crime down on Coney stat sheets

The impact zone appears to have made an impact on the violent crime spree occurring on the western end of Coney Island.

An impact zone is an area of a precinct which has experienced an upsurge in crime and where extra cops flood the area.

Police in the 60th Precinct instituted the zone in late April between Surf and Mermaid avenues and between West 24th and West 36th streets after four murders and several shootings were reported in that neighborhood.

Police said 32 officers, three sergeants and one lieutenant have been moved into the precinct to patrol the impact zone.

The latest police statistics reveal that felony crime remains down nearly 23 percent for the year, and more importantly there have been no reported murders in the past month.

Currently there have been six reported murders in the 60th Precinct jurisdiction of Coney Island and Brighton Beach so far in 2009, as compared to two at this time in 2008.

Murder is the only category in the precinct that is up. Burglary has dropped a little more than 43 percent for the year with 42 reported incidents so far this year as compared to 74 at this time last year.

Robbery has dropped a little more than 30 percent, with 94 reported incidents so far this year as compared to 135 at this time in 2008.

Felony assault is down 26 percent with 92 reported incidents so far in 2009 as compared to 125 at this time last year.

Reported grand larceny incidents are down nearly 15 percent with 193 so far this year versus 226 at this time last year; auto theft is about even with 39 reported incidents so far this year compared to 40 at this time in 2008.

There have been six reported rapes so far this year as compared to eight at this time last year.

Captain William Taylor, executive officer of the precinct, said a summer detail of about 50 cops from outside commands will come into the area to patrol the Coney Island amusement area as well as the beaches, the circus and the Cyclone baseball games.

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