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Douglaston, Little Neck

111th precinct / population 116,431

Nestled in northeastern Queens, the 111th Precinct, including Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck, could easily be mistaken for suburbia. Composed of waterfront enclaves on Little Neck Bay that feature single-family homes and garden apartments, the idyllic area, with its golf courses, marinas and parks, has enjoyed a remarkably low crime rate over the years and is one of the borough's most expensive places to live.

Even the small number of violent crimes has decreased dramatically during the past two decades in these communities, which in the early 20th century were gathering places for Hollywood celebrities and home to actors Rudolph Valentino, Norma Talmadge and W.C. Fields. Robberies were down 76 percent and felony assaults dropped 60 percent over the 17 years from 1993 to 2010. Murders are virtually nonexistent in the precinct. The area of Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck is one of four neighborhoods in the city with no murders in 2010, and just one in 2009.

It also had the fewest felony assaults per capita of any neighborhood in the city in 2010 and is in the top 10, per capita, for the fewest robberiest and murders.

Although rape was down by 60 percent in the 17 years to 2010, there has been an increase in recent years, including a 500 percent jump between 2008 and 2010, from one to six incidents. Still, the precinct had among the fewest reported rapes per capita, with six in total, making the Bayside area the eighth safest of 69 neighborhoods for that crime in 2010. Like many suburban communities, Bayside, Douglaston and Little Neck are prone to burglaries. While the number of break-ins declined 74 percent over the 17 years to 2010, there was a 4 percent uptick, to 252 incidents, in 2010.