The number of major crimes in Nassau County’s 3rd Precinct dropped slightly in 2017.
There were 1,851 major crimes reported in 2017 as opposed to 1,865 in 2016 – a 0.75 percent drop, according to data provided by the Nassau County Police Department.
This year’s decrease follows a more significant drop in major crime of 9.38 percent between 2015 and 2016.
Since 2015, there have been 207 fewer reported cases of major crime.
In 2017, the total crime rate also dropped by 5.63 percent. It had increased by 3 percent between 2015 and 2016.
The decreases seen in the 3rd Precinct are similar to the dropping rates across Nassau County.
There was a 3.41 percent decrease in major crimes reported in Nassau County, and an 0.87 percent decrease in total crimes reported.
In the 3rd Precinct in 2017, rape decreased from three reported cases to one, and sexual abuse decreased from six reported cases to two.
Resident burglary also decreased, by 24.74 percent.
Other major crimes, including robbery, assault felony, stolen vehicles and grand larceny increased slightly.
This year there was one criminal sexual act reported, as opposed to 2016 when none were reported.
The 3rd Precinct is broken into two subdivisions, the North and South.
The South Subdivision serves communities including Albertson, East Williston, Floral Park center, Garden City Park, Herricks, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Roslyn Heights and Williston Park.
The North Subdivision serves communities including East Hills, Flower Hill, Great Neck Plaza, Harbor Hills, Manorhaven, Munsey Park, North Hills, Plandome, Plandome Manor, Plandome Heights, Rosyln, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn Harbor, Russell Gardens, Saddle Rock, Thomaston, Great Neck, Manhasset and Roslyn Heights.
The area covered by the 3rd Precinct was previously covered by two precincts, but the 6th Precinct was folded into the 3rd Precinct under former Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano.
The closing of the 6th Precinct has had no impact on crime or police operations, Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun previously told Blank Slate Media in an email.
The closing has resulted in over $5 million in savings per year, LeBrun said.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran has said she supports re-opening the 6th Precinct.
At a recent Nassau County Village Officials Association meeting, Curran said she and acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder were reviewing the matter.