Major crime totals in the NYPD’s 112th Precinct, which covers Rego Park and Forest Hills, dropped in 2012, marking the third time in four years the precinct has seen a decrease.
According to CompStat figures available through the NYPD, the 112th had 887 major crimes through Dec. 30, a drop of more than 4 percent from the 926 reported in 2011.
The total fell despite a 30 percent jump in felony assaults, from 62 in 2011 to 81 in 2012, a trend that began showing early in 2012, which is being attributed to a reclassification of what is considered felony assault.
In 2011, major crimes in the 112th increased 14 percent for the year, but law enforcement sources at the time considered it to be a spike following two consecutive years of record lows. The 2011 totals were still the second best in the NYPD’s Queens North Command.
Car thefts in 2012 dropped more than 21 percent from 103 to 81. Murders went from two to zero, and rapes fell from 10 to six. Grand larcenies dropped nearly 4 percent and burglaries were down by 6 percent.