Crime is down 26 percent for the week of April 21 – 27, 2014, in the 71st Precinct, covering the southern end of Crown Heights.
According to CompStat, there were 20 total reported incidents in the 71st precinct, compared to 27 incidents during this same week last year. For the 28-day cycle, crime is down 14 percent, with 114 reported incidents, compared to 133 incidents during this same time period in 2013.
And year to date, crime is down 9 percent, with 470 reported incidents, compared to 516 during this same time period last year.
Year to date, there has been one reported murder, compared to five at this same time last year.
The biggest percentage drop in crime so far is seen in the number of murders. And the biggest percentage jump is in the number of rapes, a 100 percent increase, with 6 reported so far this year, compared to 3 last year.
Last week, 71st Pct. police executed a search warrant and arrested a man found to be in the possession of an excess of 9 1/2 ounces of marijuana, a scale, packaging material, a radio/scanner device and $503.
Message from the 71st Pct. Police issued 5/6/14:
Gas Station Scam: While pumping gas, if you are approached by someone offering to use a credit card in exchange of a lesser value amount in cash please call 911. Recently we have seen stolen credit cards being used in this manner. An example of this would be if a person approaches you at the gas station pumps and offers to put 80 dollars on his credit card if you agree to give him 50 dollars in cash. He will offer you some excuse like his car broke down and he needs cash or may not give you any excuse.
Car Thefts: The 71 Precinct in the last few weeks has seen vehicles stolen on a few occasions by a very easy method. Residence are leaving their keys in their cars as they either unpack or walk people to their doors. Thefts are jumping in taking off with the car. Please remove your keys and take them with you when ever you leave your car no matter how quick you are going to be.
Please call 911 if you see or hear anyone involved in this or call the 71st. Precinct detective Unit at 718-735-0501.