Greetings to all members of the Juniper Park Civic Association, we hope everyone is staying healthy during this holiday season. We would like to take this time to speak on some current trends we have seen here in the 104th Precinct and more specifically in Middle Village and Maspeth.
Throughout the 104th Precinct, we continue to see a common trend of a decrease in over- all crime. For the 28 day-period we have a decrease of 3%, and for the year a decrease of 13.6.%. To speak on Middle Village, more specifically, we have seen a slight increase of 12.5% for the 28 day-period and decrease of 12.2% for the year. Moving over to Maspeth, we have seen a decrease of 14.3% for the 28 day-period as well as a 16.8% decrease for the year. We have seen an increase in theft of catalytic converters, this is a common crime occurring not only here in Queens but throughout the country. This particular type of crime is difficult to combat, as it only takes a few minutes to remove this item from under the vehicle. We urge everyone to utilize a driveway, garage and vehicle security systems, these simple measures can help as we fight this particular crime.
Though we have seen a decrease in crime, we would like to speak on two specific issues. On October 29 at approximately 2:45 am, 7-11 located at 72-01 Eliot Avenue was victim to a robbery. Two individuals walked in the store, displayed a firearm, and demanded cash from the register along with lotto tickets. This robbery is a part of a citywide robbery pattern, targeting all 7-11s. We have been in contact with all 7-11 locations within the 104 Precinct and are paying special attention to these businesses. In addition, we have increased patrol throughout the day and evening in The Shops at Atlas Park. This mall attracts a high volume of shoppers and this will only increase throughout the holiday season. The extra police presence will help to deter shoplifting, help prevent teenagers congregating and riding bikes throughout the mall and ultimately help keep the mall safe for all visitors.
With the start of the holiday season, online shopping will increase. Please be sure to leave specific instructions on your deliveries, try your best to be home during delivery and ensure that your security cameras are work- ing. These efforts will decrease the chance of your items being stolen.
We thank you for the continued support throughout the year, we cannot do our job without the help of the community and we thank you. On behalf of everyone at the 104 Precinct, a happy, healthy and safe holiday season to each of you and your families.