NYPD: Brooklyn Crime Dips, While 72nd Precinct Sees 20 Percent Hike

NYPD: Brooklyn Crime Dips, While 72nd Precinct Sees 20 Percent Hike
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New York City streets have seen fewer robberies, shootings, and car thefts during the first half of the year, police officers announced Monday at One Police Plaza.

There were 445 recorded shooting incidents citywide over a six-month period compared to a total of 555 in 2015, according to crime statistics. Numbers also show murder rates have decreased 8.6 percent from 175 to 160. The NYPD made statistics accessible to New Yorkers through its CompStat portal to give an overview of neighborhood crime block by block.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said he’s “very pleased” with the department’s effort to protect the city and wants to bring crime under 100,000 by the end of the year.

While it all sounds like good news, Brooklyn’s overall crime rate also dipped a record low of 7.3 percent compared to 2015, officials said.

Brooklyn crime numbers are as followed:

  • 161 recorded murders down from 172
  • 435 shootings down from 545
  • Robberies went down 7,329, from 7,627
  • Burglaries dipped 6,242 from 6,964
  • 2,930 cars were recorded stolen, down from 3,320

But at the 72nd Precinct, which covers Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace, South Slope, and Green-Wood, major crimes have gone up almost 20 percent within the year. Below are the 72nd Precinct statistics for the first half of 2016:

  • The NYPD recorded14 rape incidents, up from eight last year
  • 81 recorded robberies, up 78 from last year
  • 128 recorded felony assaults, up 99 last year
  • 60 recorded burglaries, down from 86 last year
  • 230 recorded grand larcenies, up from 160 last year
  • 57 recorded grand larceny auto thefts, up from 48 last year

Anyone with questions is welcome to contact the precinct’s community affairs office at (718) 965-6326. The 72nd Precinct Community Council Meeting is on break until September and meetings are held every second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 P.M. at the Marien Center located at 4520 4th Avenue.

Note: We reached out to the 72nd Precinct and the NYPD’s press office to ask what accounted for increased crime rates and they declined to comment.

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