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Crime Rate Remains Low Over Past Month Throughout Town

Precinct officials say common crimes have dropped off significantly in past year.

Suffolk County Police Car. Credit: Patch file photo.
Suffolk County Police Car. Credit: Patch file photo.
The Suffolk County Police Department's First Precinct continued its trend of falling crime numbers in recent months in November, according to precinct officials.

Inspector Gerard Gigante, the commanding officer for the precinct which covers most of the Town of Babylon, said burglaries throughout the district continued to stay down at around 18 percent lower than the same time in 2012.

Gigante estimated the rate of burglaries in the area could be up to 35 percent lower than two years ago.

While crimes were remained low precinct-wide, West Babylon continued to see a high number of burglaries, including seven homes burglarized in November accounting for 18 percent of the precinct's total. Babylon Village, by comparison, had three residential burglaries during the month.

Stolen cars in the village and western hamlet stayed low in November, with each counting one vehicle missing and robberies were non-existent in either area throughout the month.

Motor vehicle accidents jumped up during November, with the town seeing 626 total – nearly 100 more than October. Less than 18 percent of those crashes resulted in an injury.

The police precinct holds a Community Meeting open to the public every month at the West Babylon Public Library, allowing residents to voice concerns to officers at that time. The next meeting will take place January 2 at 7 p.m.

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