Major Crime Dropped 8.7% in 2016
County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced today that Nassau has seen crime drop by 27% since 2009, including a 50% decrease in residential burglaries, a 46% reduction in stolen vehicles, and a 43% decrease in robberies. Nassau County is reporting the lowest crime rate in its history since 1966 - the year that crime statistics were first recorded. In 2016, major crime dropped 8.71% across all Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) precincts, continuing a downward trend that began in 2010.
“The statistics speak for themselves. With crime down another 8.7% this year, it’s evident that the brave men and women of the Nassau County Police Department work tirelessly to combat crime and keep our neighborhoods safe,” said County Executive Mangano. “Nassau is one of the safest large suburban counties in America and significantly safer than it was seven years ago. That said, my administration will continue to invest the resources needed to maintain public safety and protect our residents from the unprecedented times in which we now live.”
In 2016, NCPD statistics indicate a 17% reduction in residential burglaries, a 14% decrease in robberies and an 8% reduction in grand larcenies since 2015. Successfully reducing crime is directly attributable to a dedicated and well-trained police force, intelligence-led policing models and strategic communication. Advancements in technology have also made it possible for police officers to receive and input valuable intelligence through the computers within their patrol vehicles, effectively turning these patrol vehicles into mobile police precincts. The NCPD’s use of innovative technologies such as license plate readers and the ShotSpotter system to detect and pinpoint locations of gunfire has also contributed to the decrease in crime. Additionally, the County’s Gun Buyback program has taken nearly 4,000 guns off Nassau streets.
“The Department’s predictive-policing methods are working and we owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women of the Nassau County Police Department who are out there each and every day, getting the job done and ensuring the safety of everyone here in Nassau County,” said Acting Commissioner Krumpter.
In addition to new technology and enhanced crime fighting models, the NCPD has made advances in light of recent terror attacks and threats around the globe. The NCPD has bolstered its training exercises and purchased high-powered rifles for response to active shooter and terror situations. The department's Intelligence Unit continues to work around the clock to provide officers with counter-terrorism bulletins.
Several months ago, County Executive Mangano and the NCPD launched a new state-of-the-art school security program to help save countless lives in the event of an active shooter at local schools. This comprehensive program provides school officials with a free direct link via mobile technology to the NCPD Communications Bureau and alerts area first responders to a situation. Once an alert is issued by school personnel, NCPD Communications Bureau personnel automatically access critical contact information and floor plans, control remote door locks and view live footage from closed-circuit security cameras so that responding officers receive real-time intelligence.
To assist the NCPD’s Counter-Terrorism efforts in monitoring social media and protecting students and residents, County Executive Mangano launched a Social Media See Something, Say Something initiative. With nearly 850 million active social media users per month, the public can assist law enforcement by reporting suspicious activity via the Nassau Crime Stoppers app available for smartphones and tablets. To do so, download the application by searching “Nassau Crime Stoppers” in the app store and TEXT-A-TIP. Residents should know that counter terrorism intel analysts proactively monitor and data-mine social media activity, in partnership with neighboring law enforcement agencies, in an effort to protect the homeland.