While some parts of Queens saw a drop in crime, newly released crime statistics show other communities are experiencing a jump in violent incidents.
Police say major crime is down 16 percent in Queens south and 12 percent in Queens north from the same time last year.
But police data shows Northern Queens saw a jump in homicides and rapes.
Home invasions and gang activity also seem to be on the rise in certain parts.
"That can kind of fit in with the hard times, but there's no excuse," said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.
Chair of the City Council Public Safety Committee Peter Vallone said, "When they talk about the seven major crime statistics that doesn't encompass all crimes. Overall arrests, if you speak to any of the district attorneys, are up. That means there's still a good deal of criminal activity out there."
The borough's patrol commanders say youth and education outreach efforts are effective ways to reduce crimes.