Capt. Thomas Conforti, commanding officer of the 112th Precinct, reported to Community Board 6 last week that since the arrest of a career burglar about four weeks ago, the last in a series of arrests, crime in the precinct has plummeted.
“Overall, this is good news,” Conforti said. “There have been a lot of negative stories in the past, but CB 6 is a very safe community.”
He noted that crime in the 112th Precinct, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, is down more than 7 percent, relative to this time last year, while citywide, crime is only down 1 percent.
So far this year, there have been 128 burglaries in the 112th Precinct, up from 103 at this point last year, but there were only 11 in the past month, while there were 14 during the same period in 2012, according to police statistics. There have been 43 felony assaults this year, a sharp decline from the 70 that had occurred by this time last year. There have been four rapes this year, down from five at this point last year, but no murders or shooting incidents so far in 2013.