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Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Kew Gardens Hills

107th precinct / population 151,107

Home to two colleges, a major park and the stately mansions of Jamaica Estates, the 107th Precinct has traditionally enjoyed low levels of crime. Neighborhood patrols, such as those in Jamaica Estates, where Donald Trump grew up, have helped keep the crime rate low.

In 2010, there were four murders in the precinct — which includes Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, Kew Gardens Hills and Briarwood — representing a slight uptick from 2009, when there were three. Shooting incidents in these neighborhoods of garden apartments and one- and two-family homes have been cut in half over the 17 years leading up to 2010, and muggings were down 75 percent during that period.

Auto thefts fell by 95 percent from 1993 to 2010, but that trend may be reversing. The 107th Precinct, with its proximity to several major highways, including the Grand Central Parkway, Van Wyck and Long Island expressways, became a hotspot for car thieves in 2010.

Rates spiked more than 7 percent from 2009, with 232 thefts, up from 216. In response, the NYPD boosted its night patrols in the area.

While declining or remaining steady in most neighborhoods, misdemeanor sex crimes jumped 43 percent from 2009 to 2010 in the area, going from 28 to 40. In a shocking July 2009 case, a St. John's University student was dragged into an alley in Fresh Meadows and raped. And while the felony assault rate is among the lowest in the city, there was an uptick from 2009 to 2010 to a total of 96 in the area.