Crime in the 115th Precinct, which covers East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and North Corona, has dropped by 8 percent in the year to date.
The improvement makes the precinct the sixth or seventh best reduction in crime in the city, according to the commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Thomas Kavanagh.
One area of special pride for the precinct Kavanagh said is burglaries, which have dropped by 6 percent. Although Kavanagh added at Tuesday night’s Community Council meeting that late-night thefts, especially on 34th Avenue, continue to be an issue.
Only one shooting occurred in the precinct during the month of June. An arrest was made in the case, which happened on 102nd Street near Northern Boulevard. The two men knew each other and the incident “may or may not have been involving drugs,” Kavanagh said.
Also at the community meeting, officers stated that anyone with an iPhone or android should download an app — for apple it’s called iCloud — that remotely tracks where a stolen or lost phone is located. Officers at the 115th Precinct have tracked a few stollen iPhones to a building and were able to recover the phone using the apps. Kavanagh also asked residents to keep serial numbers of their phones to verify that the recovered item was stolen.
Other problems discussed at the meeting were alleged drug dealers setting up shop outside a home on Roosevelt Avenue and illegally parked trucks all over the precinct. Officers said they would look into the situations immediately.
“We can talk about trucks from now to kingdom come,” Kavanagh said, adding that the trucks do receive fines and leave, but return to their original spots soon after.
The repeat offender Mark Synclair who attempted to kidnap a 7-year-old boy late last month has still not been found. Officers used to frequently see Synclair in the neighborhood, but now he can’t be found, the precinct said to the full crowd Tuesday night.