78th Precinct. Photo: Google.

Overall, crime is down in Prospect Heights, and in Brooklyn as a whole.

There has been a 55.5% reduction in crime reported to Prospect Heights’ 78th Precinct during the week Jan. 11 to Jan. 17, compared to the same period last year.

There have been eight incidents reported, including robbery, burglary and grand larceny. There have been no murders or rapes reported this year in the neighborhood. During the same period last year, there were 18 incidents reported, including 11 incidents of grand larceny and three robberies.

Looking at the 28-day cycle, there has been a 40.8% reduction in incident reports this year on last.

The most common incident reported so far has been burglary, with four reports in the neighborhood, one more than during the same period last year.

On Friday, the 78th Precinct tweeted about an initiative officers are taking part in around Barclays Center to stop auto theft.

Across Brooklyn:

Across the borough, there have been 408 incidents reported between Jan. 11 and Jan. 17,according to NYPDs CompStat,including one murder in Brooklyn South. There were seven reported rapes across Brooklyn, 46 robberies and 88 felony assaults.

Between Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, there were 294 violent crimes reported, 694 property crimes and 32 sex crimes. Data collected by NYPD shows violent crimes in the borough typically occur between 4pm and 5am and high time for property crimes is between 10am and 10pm.

In the headlines:

This week, 66-year-old Kevin Gavin was arrested in connection to the death of a 78-year-old woman found strangled with a telephone cord in her Brownsville apartment. Police said Gavin was a “serial killer” charged in connection with three murders in the same building.

A 55-year-old woman and her 21-year-old son are calling on officials and the MTA to do more to combat crime on the subway after the pair were beaten on a 4 train in Crown Heights by a man asking for money. The woman said she was too terrified to leave the house after the attack.

Twenty-nine people were arrested following a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest that started at Barclays Center on Jan. 18 honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Attorney General Letitia James said there were reports of NYPD officers infringing on the rights of New Yorkers and using excessive force against peaceful protestors. Last week, James filed a lawsuit against the NYPD for using excessive force during protests in the summer of 2020.

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  1. The 78th Precinct polices the half of Prospect Heights west of Vanderbilt Avenue. The eastern half is policed by the 77th Precinct.

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