Deputy Inspector Michael Coyle, commanding officer of the NYPD’s 105th Precinct, told the public at Monday’s meeting of Community Board 13 that there are 77 numbered precincts in New York City.
“And this year, so far, the 105th is number one in crime reduction,” he said, rapping his knuckles on a wooden table top.
Statistics released by the NYPD through Feb. 16 show the 105th down 41.8 percent in major crimes compared to the same period in 2013.
The precinct has had one murder this year, the Jan. 8 shooting of 30-year-old Queens Village resident Earl Jackson. Rapes are up from one to three.
But robberies are down more than 51 percent, from 62 to 30; felony assaults are down from 35 to 32. However, its burglaries, down 68 percent, grand larceny, down 33 percent, and auto theft, down 25 percent, are leading the precinct’s plummeting statistics.
Coyle did say the theft of certain auto parts — tires and rims, along with catalytic converters — have his officers sounding the alarm.
“When you come out of your home and see your car siting on cinderblocks, you feel violated,” Coyle said.
The inspector said the thieves generally are pros, who can remove four tires with speed and precision.
“They’re like an Indy pit crew,” he said. Catalytic converters, containing precious metals including platinum, are becoming greater targets.
“In 2012 we had eight catalytic converters stolen,” Coyle said. “In 2013? Seventy-four.”
He said some thieves are deliberately setting off car alarms, which people now ignore, to cover the sound of the electric saws they use on the converters.
“Then they figured out that Toyota Sequoias have two of them,” he said.
Coyle said any suspicious activity around cars in the early morning hours should prompt a 911 call. “Give us a chance to catch them,” he said.