We're Getting Safer
By Rita Rowan
The occurrence of crime in our neighborhood was considerably reduced
in 2001, thanks to the excellent detectives and officers of the
17th Precinct. The dramatic reduction was achieved under the direction
of Captain Kevin Ward, who has recently been reassigned. His replacement
is Captain Michael McEnroy.
Detective Frank Bogucki, our Community Affairs Officer, has a new
team member as well. Officer James Meury has replaced Detective
Jimmy Kelly, who retired at the end of last year. Detective Deborah
Winski completes the team.
Before leaving, Captain Ward gave a very favorable report on the
incidence of serious crime in our neighborhood. In 2001, the overall
crime rate was down by 7.7%. In fact, all crime categories were
down significantly, with the exception of felony assault.
Incidents representing the FBI's seven most serious crimes were
down 13.4%; a 63.1% decline in the nine years since the 17th Precinct
began keeping such statistics. Quality-of-life enforcement increased,
with a rise of 78% in arrests over the previous year and the issuance
of 245 summonses in just the single category of reckless bicycle
deliveries. This is in contrast to just 45 the previous year. Our
precinct continues to monitor other problem areas, such as peddlers,
homelessness and illegally parked delivery trucks. All in all, this
is a commendable record. Thanks, 17th!
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