Nassau County crime soars 41% in 2022

Nassau County crime soars 41% in 2022
The Nassau County Police Department reported nearly 7,400 major crimes in 2022, according to a Newsday report. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Major crimes increased by 41% in Nassau County in 2022 led by a spike in those against property, according to a report in Newsday.

Nassau reported 7,394 major crimes in 2022, an increase from the 5,230 reported by the department in 2021.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said murder rates are at the lowest they have been in more than 60 years, but acknowledged the overall increase in crime.

“There is a message out there that crime is on the rise and that’s true,” Ryder told Newsday.

The 41% rise in Nassau crimes compared to a 15% increase in Suffolk County, according to Newsday’s report. New York City recently reported a 22% jump in major crimes for 2022 tempered by a year-end drop.

The list of major crimes includes murder, rape, criminal sexual acts, sexual abuse, grand larceny, commercial robberies, other robberies, assault felonies, residential burglaries, other burglaries and stolen vehicles.

Nassau reported a 43% increase in grand larcenies in 2022, jumping from 3,201 to 4,584. Burglaries increased by 35% over the prior year, going from 640 to 877. A total of 968 stolen vehicles were reported in 2022, increasing by 72.5% from 561 in 2021, according to the report.

Previous reports on crime statistics in Nassau conducted by Blank Slate Media compared figures from Jan. 1- Oct. 10 in 2021 and 2022.

The 2021 year-end major crime statistics were obtained by Blank Slate Media under a Freedom of Information Law request submitted to the Nassau County Police Department. The 2022 major crime statistics through Oct. 10 on the department websites were the most up-to-date figures published as of Wednesday.

The violent crime categories of murders, rapes, criminal sexual acts and sexual abuse were the only four categories with decreased reports in 2022. Murders decreased by 14%, rape decreased by 59%, criminal sexual acts decreased by 75% and sexual abuse instances decreased by 18%.

In Nassau’s 3rd and 6th Precincts, which make up a majority of North Shore communities, 2004 major crimes had occurred as of Oct. 10 this year, compared to 1,353 last year, an increase of more than 48%.

The 3rd Precinct, located in Williston Park, serves the communities of Albertson, Bellerose Terrace, Bellerose Village, Carle Place, East Garden City, East Meadow, East Williston, Floral Park Center, Garden City Park, Herricks, Mineola, New Cassel, New Hyde Park, North New Hyde Park, Roslyn Heights, Salisbury, Searingtown, Stewart Manor, Uniondale, Westbury, and Williston Park.

The 6th Precinct, located in Manhasset, serves the communities of  East Hills, Flower Hill Great Neck Plaza, Harbor Hills, Manorhaven, Munsey Park, North Hills, Plandome, Plandome Manor, Plandome Heights, Roslyn, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock, Sea Cliff, Thomaston, Glen Head, Glenwood Landing, Great Neck, Greenvale, Manhasset, Roslyn Heights and University Gardens.

The 3rd Precinct reported a 38% increase in major crimes from last year, with 1,385 as of Oct. 10 in 2022. The 6th Precinct reported a 76% increase in major crimes, with 619 this year.

The largest increase of major crimes in the 3rd Precinct is the 109 stolen vehicles reported so far this year, compared to the 64 reported during the same time frame last year. The 3rd Precinct also saw a 70% increase in residential burglaries, with 68 reported this year, a 43% increase in other burglaries with 107 this year and a 37% increase in grand larcenies, with 900 reported so far in 2022.

The 3rd Precinct reported two murders, no rapes, one criminal sexual act, three sexual abuse instances, 44 other robberies, 49 commercial robberies and 102 assault felonies. The precinct’s reported rapes and criminal sexual acts are down from last year, while the pair of murders were in contrast to none last year.

The 6th Precinct’s largest increase is the 1,400% surge in commercial robberies, with 15 reported this year compared to just one last year. The precinct also saw a 123% rise in stolen vehicles, reporting 132 instances this year and a 120% increase in other burglaries with 33 reported this year.

The 6th Precinct also reported no murders, rapes and criminal sexual acts as of Oct. 10, figures that remained the same since last year. Additionally, two sexual abuse instances, 10 other robberies, 23 assault felonies, 52 residential burglaries and 352 grand larcenies this year. The lone category that saw a decrease since last year was other robberies with two fewer reported in 2021.

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  1. Get it under control, no one is going to come here, businesses will be shut down, they are just hurting themselves.


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