Felonies Sharply Increase This Year In The Rockaways
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Even as police report that crime rates remain mostly flat around the city, statistics show felonies have spiked in parts of the Rockaways section of Queens.
Burglaries in the 100th precinct, covering Broad Channel, Breezy Point and Belle Harbor, are up 144 percent this year.
Felony assaults have jumped 66 percent, robberies are up 31 percent and grand larcenies 26 percent over last year.
Residents in Belle Harbor who spoke with NY1 said they are aware of the increased crime in the area, but generally still feel safe.
"I know they're having break-ins in the neighborhood, but I still love leaving here and it's a great place to live," said Edward Shevlin Jr., a Belle harbor resident.
"I understand, you know, economic times are hard, it's a hardship right now. People will do anything for desperate means," said Brian Goldenfeld, another Belle harbor resident.
Crown Heights and East Flatbush in Brooklyn and Forest Hills and South Jamaica in Queens also saw substantial increases in felonies this year.
Manhattan’s 20th Precinct on the Upper West Side had the largest drop, with felony crime down almost 13 percent.