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Crime down%A0in Canarsie

Nearly three quarters of the way through 2009, crime is down more than 14 percent in Canarsie, compared to 2008.

As of September 27, according to CompStat, the NYPD’s tracking system for the seven major felony crimes, there were reductions in six of the seven crime categories in the 69th Precinct, for an overall reduction of 14.2 percent.

Felonious assaults were down 25 percent year to date, with 93 so far this year, compared to 124 at this time last year.

Also way down was Grand Larceny Auto. With 122 incidents so far in 2009, compared to 161 at this time in 2008, the category was down 24.2 percent.

Not far behind is rape. With 10 so far this year, compared to 13 at this point in 2008, the category is down 23.1 percent so far this year.

Murders and burglaries are both down 20 percent. So far in 2009, there have been four murders in the 69th Precinct; last year, at this time, there had been five. As for burglaries, so far in 2009, there have been 116, compared to 145 at this point in 2008.

Grand larcenies are also down. With 227 so far this year, compared to 254 at this time last year, the category is down 10.6 percent year to date.

The only crime category which has shown an increase, so far this year, is robberies. There have been 181 so far in 2009, five more than in 2008 at this time, for a 2.8 percent increase.

Robberies have also been up in the short term, said Captain Milt Marmara, the precinct’s commander. He told members of the 69th Precinct Community Council, gathered at St. Alban’s Church, 9408 Farragut Road, that, over the 28-day period ending September 27th, robberies had gone up 26 percent, compared to a year earlier, with 19 in 2009, compared to 15 in 2008.

While unfortunate, this is not unexpected, Marmara noted. “We always have this seasonally,” he told the group, “with the young kids getting out of school with their Sidekicks.”

In addition, while burglaries are down, recently there has been, “A rash of burglaries in the southern end of the precinct,” largely in the East 90s, between Avenue M and Avenue N, Marmara said.

In many cases, the homeowners make it easier for the perpetrators, he noted. “You’d be surprised how many people leave their back windows open, their front windows open, their front doors open, even in these days,” Marmara told the group.

In addition, Marmara said, there has been “a slight increase in shootings” in the precinct in recent days. In the 28-day period ending September 27th, there were five shootings in the 69th Precinct, compared with a total of three the prior year at the same time, for an increase of 66 percent.

“We have some gang members that are having some problems with each other, and we are closely monitoring that,” Marmara explained.

Nonetheless, he said, “We still continue to be down in shootings in Canarsie.”

Of the three most recent shootings, in two instances, “We feel that the person (who was shot) was targeted,” Marmara told the group, in response to a question. In one instance, he said, an innocent bystander “was hit by a stray bullet.”

Overall, the 69th Precinct is doing slightly better than the city as a whole, which, as of September 27th, had seen crime drop 11.3 percent, year to date.

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