Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Crime up in casino precinct
From the NY Post:
Crime has gone up in the Queens precinct that covers the glittering new racino at Aqueduct, The Post has learned.
It’s unclear to what, if any, extent the gambling operation can be tied to the spurt of petit larcenies and misdemeanor assaults in the 106th Precinct, which covers South Ozone Park.
In November, the first month since the casino opened, petit larcenies in the precinct rose 53.3 percent to 92, from 60 in the same month in 2010.
There were 41 misdemeanor assaults, compared with 26 in November 2010, a 57.7 percent increase.
In December, petit larcenies went up 8.2 percent compared with December 2010, and misdemeanor assaults were up 31 percent.
During the months immediately before the casino opened, the two quality-of-life crimes had been trending downward.
It’s not clear how many crimes occurred on casino property — but there were at least three: a car was stolen from a parking lot; a dropped wallet was snatched in the racino by a patron; and one gambler tried to use a counterfeit bill in a slot machine.