Luxury Cars – Car thefts, shootings, burglaries surged on S.I. in 2020, but how bad was it, really? We run the numbers.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A luxury car theft-ring based out of northern New Jersey wreaking havoc on Staten Island. Three deadly shootings in 28 hours on the borough’s North Shore, as community leaders and officials worked fervently toward a solution. Restaurant owners rocked by burglaries, after already suffering losses amid a citywide shutdown.
NYPD data shows four types of crimes shot up in 2020, compared to a year prior: Shootings, grand larceny autos, burglaries and hate crimes.
But how do those numbers compare with historical data?
Here’s a breakdown of crimes in each precinct, and a look back at some of the more notable incidents last year.
Three of the borough’s four police precincts saw an increase in vehicle thefts last year, as law enforcement experts have pointed to different groups of perpetrators primarily traveling from northern New Jersey and Brooklyn.
The cars sometimes were found dumped in Brooklyn, after an apparent joy ride by teenagers and/or young adults, police sources told the Advance/SILive.com. The same crews are suspected of stealing electronics and other items from unlocked vehicles.
Meanwhile, what appears to be a more professional, and at times brazen crew out of northern New Jersey has been eyed by authorities for several luxury cars in upscale neighborhoods, such as Todt Hill. If those vehicles aren’t recovered in the Garden State, it’s typically assumed they’ve been shipped overseas for a profit, sources have said.
Borough-wide, incidents were up 37% in 2020, as of Dec. 27, compared to the same time a year ago, data shows.
In the 123rd Precinct, which encompasses the South Shore, police responded to 45 incidents, compared to 25 in 2019— which represents an 80% hike. It’s also the highest total since 2011.
From 2016-18, there were 23, 22 and 31 incidents reported to police, respectively.
In the 122nd Precinct—which encompasses neighborhoods along the East Shore and Todt Hill— investigators responded to 70 incidents, as of Dec. 27, compared to 37 at the same time a year prior. That represents an 89% increase.
From 2016-18, incidents totaled 66, 47 and 47.
In the 120th Precinct, which encompasses the eastern half of the North Shore, there were 72 incidents reported last year, compared to 59 the year before. That’s a 22% increase. However, the increase is not so drastic when looking further back.
From 2016-2018, police responded to 94, 88 and 61 incidents.
Gun violence surged on the borough’s North Shore last year, including a shocking string of fatal shootings in September.
Law enforcement sources, community leaders and city officials weighed in throughout the year on what factors could be driving the violence.
Some have pointed to recent changes in police tactics and bail reforms passed in Albany, while others say past methods of policing impoverished neighborhoods have only aggravated underlying socioeconomic issues that have often resulted in violent crime.
Most, however, agree that a year marked in death, joblessness and civil unrest across New York City didn’t help the situation.
Newly appointed Borough Commander, NYPD Assistant Chief Frank Vega, has said he plans to pursue long-term investigations to track down weapons dealers. Saying that despite the controversial dismantling of the NYPD’s anti-crime unit by Commissioner Dermot Shea, there are still officers dedicated to removing guns from the streets, while the best and brightest within the former unit have taken on an investigative role within the department.
Borough-wide, police responded to 41 shooting incidents in 2020, as of Dec. 27. It represents a 78% hike from a year ago. A vast majority of the incidents occurred in neighborhoods across the North Shore.
In the 120th Precinct, police responded to 24 incidents, as of Dec. 27, compared to 12 at the same time a year ago.
In the 121st Precinct, police responded to 13 incidents this past year, compared to six in 2019.
Police on the East Shore responded to four shootings, which was the same as 2019.
There were zero shootings reported on the borough’s South Shore, compared to one last year.
Commercial burglaries were an issue in 2020 across Staten Island, amid statewide pandemic shutdowns that contributed to businesses being left vulnerable to illegal entry, law enforcement experts have said.
Adding to the financial and logistical dilemma for business owners targeted by burglars— many of them in the food service industry—was the loss in revenue due to coronavirus restrictions, and additional expenses to comply with state guidelines.
Borough-wide, police responded to 318 burglaries in 2020, as of Dec. 27. It represents a 15% hike from a year ago, though some communities experienced a more drastic spike in 2020.
The highest number of burglaries, 102, occurred in the 120th Precinct, which represented a 14% increase from 2019′s total of 89. However, it’s important to note that 2020′s total fell more in line with those reported in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
The sharpest increases in burglaries in 2020 occurred in the 122nd and 123rd precincts, data shows.
On the East Shore, in the 122nd Precinct, police responded to 91 incidents, compared to 63 a year ago—representing a 44% increase. However, from 2016-2018, police responded to 141, 103 and 89, respectively.
In the 123rd Precinct, police responded to 41 incidents in 2020, compared to 32 a year ago—representing a 28% increase. From 2016-2018, the department reported 61, 46 and 24.
The 121st Precinct, which encompasses the West Shore and the western half of the North Shore—actually saw a 10% decrease in burglaries from a year ago.
In a year marked by civil unrest and what some pundits have called unprecedented political discourse among the American people, reports of hate crimes on Staten Island doubled, according to the NYPD’s data.
The data bucks a citywide trend showing a 40% drop in hate crimes through late December, compared to a year prior.
Borough-wide, authorities had responded to 18 incidents, as of Dec. 27, compared to 9 at the same time last year. Fourteen of those incidents occurred in the 120th Precinct.
According to the NYPD’s database tracking hate crimes, most of the incidents on Staten Island occurred in the summer months, as civil rights protests raged across New York City and the U.S.
A breakdown of each alleged incident— including the race, religion or sexual orientation of the victim—is available online.
According to both the department’s figures, there have been zero reports of a hate crime on Staten Island since early September.