Astoria celebrates low crime rates at National Night Out
by Benjamin Fang
Aug 08, 2017 | 771 views | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local residents turned out in full force on Tuesday night for the annual National Night Out Against Crime at Astoria Park.

The nationwide event brings together local police precincts and community members to strengthen their relationship.

“It’s a great event,” said Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune of the 114th Precinct. “Nothing better than coming together as a community.”

The event featured free food and activities for all families. Elected officials praised the NYPD for their work to keep the community safe.

“We are all together as one team, one community, one western Queens family fighting to make sure that we remain safe and that we look out for each other,” said State Senator Michael Gianaris. “We will always do that, that’s how those of us who grew up here were taught.”

Councilman Costa Constantinides said western Queens has “never been safer” than now. According to NYPD statistics, the 114th Precinct has seen a 20 percent drop in crime over the last year.

Car thefts, burglaries and grand larcenies have dropped dramatically. Rapes and robberies have also seen decreases.

Felony assaults, on the other hand, are up slightly, according to CompStat data.

Constantinides also lauded the NYPD’s neighborhood policing initiative that puts neighborhood officers, known as NCOs, into the community. They patrol the same streets daily, getting to know local residents and businesses.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, a proponent of the strategy, said at an Astoria town hall last month that since the program began in October 2016, crime is down 21 percent in the 114th Precinct.

“We’ve seen crime drop,” Constantinides said. “We feel safe in our neighborhood.”
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