Long Island Sees Double-Digit Drop In Crime Rate

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Crime on Long Island is down significantly, according to new stats from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy attributed the double-digit decreases in murders, burglaries and other violent crimes to an increased police presence on the street.

“If you just take those officers who are not on patrol, behind their desk, and put them out on patrol, you can both lower crime and lower your costs, and I think we’ve been successful in that regard,” he told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

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In Nassau County, police credited programs where people can participate anonymously, without any questions asked. These include the gun buyback and prescription drop box programs.

Officers also cited ShotSpotter technology, which enables them to quickly ascertain the location of from which a weapon was fired, with contributing to the crime drop.

Does Long Island seem safer to you as of late? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  1. WAKE UP WHITE MAN says:

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  2. RS says:

    Oh please, the gang problem on the Island is the worse ever!! I NEVER see foot patrol of police. They tend to show their presence in low crime areas rather than in the areas that need them. They do a drive-thru and quickly get out of the area. Sorry, but the police of today are not like the police of years ago who got themselves involved and weren’t “afraid”!!

  3. Steven says:

    I live in the BayWood section of BayShore LI and I have heard of more houses getting broken into in the last 3 weeks than I have heard in the 15 yrs I live here. And they are doing it in broad daylight. I think we need more cops on the streets.

  4. kendra says:

    that sure would be nice if harlem could see a double digit in crime also it seems now that the summer time is here everyone in harlem goes on a wild rampage and get twisted out of shape and all.

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