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Crime falls in 103rd Pct., rises in 113th

Police statistics compiled for the first half of this year revealed that crime in the 103rd Precinct declined while incidents in the 113th Precinct rose slightly from comparable 1999 levels, police said.

The Police Department statistics compare instances of the seven major crime categories from Jan. 1 to July 2, 2000 to the same time period in 1999.

The 103rd Precinct, which covers Jamaica, Hollis, and parts of St. Albans, experienced an 11 percent drop in crime from 1999, said Police Officer Chris Cottingham.

Up until July 2 there were eight murders in 2000, compared with nine murders in 1999, which constituted a 10.9 point drop, Cottingham said. Rape declined steadily, dropping to 17 in 2000 from 30 incidents in 1999 for a 43 percent decline. A man was killed on July 7, bringing the murder total of the year to 9, police said.

Robbery fell 14 percent from 1999, with 289 incidents so far in 2000 and 338 incidents last year. Felony assaults dropped by 18 percent with 289 incidents in the first half of the year and 234 in 1999, Cottingham said.

Burglaries have fallen by 23 percent in 2000 with 244 incidents so far this year compared with 319 at this time in 1999. Grand larceny has decreased by 12.5 percent with 272 incidents in 2000 and 311 at this time in 1999.

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