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PRESS RELEASEOctober 4, 2017Contact: Supervisor’s office(631) 283-6055 Connie Conway
Improved neighborhood policing may be credited with reducing the crime rates in the Town of Southampton. The rates have dropped by 13% so far this year over last year’s total crime rates and better intelligence may be the reason why.
Some of the numbers indicate a steady and sizable drop in major crimes. For example, the burglary rate of residences has dropped by 33% and burglary of other establishments is down by 53%. There were no murders in 2016 or 2017. Rapes are down by 20%. Assaults are down by 17% and Stolen Vehicles are down by 16%.
“These are numbers that the Police Department under the direction of Chief Skrynecki should be proud of,” said Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman. “Under the Chief’s leadership, more officers are patrolling more neighborhoods and police are more visible, leading to a noticeable drop in crime,” he said.
“Our newly implemented intelligence led policing model has enabled us to better focus our resources on crime patterns and anticipated criminal activity, said Southampton Town Police Chief Steven Skrynecki. “This coupled with enhanced community collaboration is improving our ability to deter criminal activity and quickly address it when it occurs.”