Brook­lyn Crime Con­tin­ues To Drop In First Half Of 2017

The Jewish Voice - - NEW YORK - By: KCP Staff

With an 18% de­crease in mur­der at the half­way point of 2017 lead­ing the way, Brook­lyn crimes con­tin­ued to drop in nearly all felony crime cat­e­gories, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est New York City Po­lice Depart­ment sta­tis­tics.

There were 50 mur­ders thus far in 2017 as com­pared to 61 at the half­way mark of 2016, with the Brook­lyn North po­lice sec­tor in­clud­ing tra­di­tion­ally high vi­o­lent crime ar­eas lead­ing the way. For ex­am­ple, the 75th Precinct, which cov­ers East New York and Cy­press Hills has re­ported five mur­ders thus far in 2017 year as com­pared to 15 at the half­way point of 2016.

Con­versely, the 67th Precinct cov­er­ing East Flat­bush as part of po­lice sec­tor Brook­lyn South has the most re­ported mur­ders in Brook­lyn with 10 at the half­way point of 2017 as com­pared to seven at this time in 2016.

Also down bor­ough wide are both shoot­ing in­ci­dents and shoot­ing vic­tims. There were 32 fewer shoot­ing in­ci­dents com­pared to this time last year (a to­tal of 136, down 19.2%) and 48 fewer shoot­ing vic­tims (a to­tal of 155, down 23.7%).

In ad­di­tion, the To­tal In­dex Crime in Brook­lyn rep­re­sent­ing the seven ma­jor felony crime cat­e­gories of mur­der, rape, rob­bery, felony as­sault, bur­glary, grand lar­ceny and auto theft, is down 4.5% for the year. This in­cludes de­clines in all the cat­e­gories ex­cept for rape, which is up less than one per­cent for the year.

Over­all crime is up in Brook­lyn sub­ways with Brook­lyn South re­port­ing nearly a 37 per­cent rise in re­ported tran­sit crime in­ci­dents with 138 in­ci­dents re­ported this year as com­pared to 101 at this time in 2016. Brook­lyn North, how­ever, is up a neg­li­gi­ble two per­cent with 145 re­ported sub­way crimes in the first six months of 2017 as com­pared to 142 at this time last year.

Pub­lic hous­ing has also seen a steep de­cline in crime so far this year. In Brook­lyn South there have been 223 in­ci­dents of crime re­ported in pub­lic hous­ing so far in 2017 as com­pared to 257 in­ci­dents last year for a 13 per­cent de­crease. Brook­lyn North is flat with 599 re­ported in­ci­dents so far this year and 600 re­ported at this point in 2016.

“I am very proud that crime has con­tin­ued to plum­met so rapidly in Brook­lyn, a trend that shows that the tar­geted ap­proach em­ployed by the NYPD and my Of­fice in fight­ing vi­o­lent crime is work­ing,” said Act­ing District At­tor­ney Eric Gon­za­lez.

“It is also proof that we can im­ple­ment crim­i­nal jus­tice re­forms while still en­hanc­ing pub­lic safety. We have launched in­no­va­tive new pro­grams to re­duce re­liance on bail, to pro-

tect im­mi­grants and to di­vert low-level of­fend­ers from in­car­cer­a­tion as we con­tinue to drive down vi­o­lence and im­prove the qual­ity of life in all parts of Brook­lyn,” he added.

Gon­za­lez said in the past few years, the DA’s of­fice has in­creased its fo­cus on the driv­ers of crime – in­di­vid­u­als re­spon­si­ble for most of the shoot­ings – and has part­nered with the NYPD on a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to re­duce vi­o­lent crime. Those in­clude the work of the Crime Strategies Unit that keeps track of known gang mem­bers and other driv­ers of vi­o­lence.

With an 18% de­crease in mur­der at the half­way point of 2017 lead­ing the way, Brook­lyn crimes con­tin­ued to drop in nearly all felony crime cat­e­gories, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est New York City Po­lice Depart­ment sta­tis­tics.

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