...my district, Astoria, is considered one of the safer neighborhoods in the city, but it still has its fair share of crime. In fact, the 114th Precinct had the most felony-assault and grand-larceny complaints of all the precincts in northern Queens, and it was second in grand theft auto, burglary, robbery and murder. Like other non-Impact precincts, the 114th is having difficulty responding to many non-emergency calls because it lacks the staffing to do so. At night, there are only a few patrols for the entire neighborhood. And yet, they are not scheduled to receive one new officer. On the other hand, the 115th Precinct, which includes Jackson Heights and Corona, is an Impact zone and will get fresh boots on the ground.
Police staffing crisis impacts entire city
But the 114th actually had more total major felonies in 2006 than the 115th (2,356 to 1,958). We desperately need more cops here and throughout Queens to keep our neighborhoods as safe as they have historically been.