Nassau sees violent crimes plummet in 2016
Nassau officials say the county had the lowest number of murders and shootings in 2016 than it has had in decades.
Nassau Executive Ed Mangano said the county had the lowest crime rate since 1966, the year crime stats were first recorded.
Statistics show that overall crime was down 1.6 percent, while violent crime - including rape, murder and shootings - fell 8.7 percent.
Residential burglaries also fell nearly 15 percent from 344 to 293.
The 7th Precinct was the only area where crime rose last year. It includes Massapequa, parts of Wantagh, North Wantagh, Bellmore and Merrick. According to department statistics, there were increases in burglaries and robberies. Records also show 38 assaults in the 7th Precinct, an increase of 111 percent from the year before.
Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said the 7th Precinct is at the "epicenter of the heroin issue" and believes people are committing more crimes to support their drug habits.