Overall, crime is down in Bed-Stuy, and in Brooklyn as a whole.
There has been a 40% reduction in crime reported to Bed-Stuy’s’ 79th Precinct and 14% reduction reported to the neighborhood’s 81st Precinct during the week Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, compared to the same period last year.
Across the two precincts, there have been 36 incidents reported, including robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto.
During the same period last year, there were 51 incidents reported, including 12 incidents of robbery and 17 of grand larceny.
There has been one murder and three rapes reported this year in the neighborhood, compared with one murder and one rape reported by the same date in 2020.
Looking at the 28-day cycle, there has been a 28.4% reduction in incident reports at the 79th Precinct and 23.1% reduction at the 81st Precinct this year on last.
The most common incidents reported over the week-long period were burglary and grand larceny, with 11 reports of each. That is the same number of reported incidents of burglary and six less reports of grand larceny than the same period last year.
On Jan. 27, the 79th Precinct tweeted that officers were calling on the community for information to help locate a shooting suspect.
On Jan. 30, the 81st Precinct tweeted how officers had successfully reunited a lost dog with its family.
Across the borough, there have been 385 incidents reported between Jan. 25 and Jan. 31, according to NYPD’s CompStat, including one murder in Brooklyn South and one murder in Brooklyn North. There were five reported rapes across Brooklyn, 42 robberies and 78 felony assaults.
Between Jan. 24 and Jan. 31, there were 248 violent crimes reported, 711 property crimes and 28 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This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo repealed a 1976 section of law intended to prohibit “loitering for the purpose of prostitution,” also known as the ‘Walking While Trans Ban.’ The law had for decades allowed the NYPD to profile and arrest women arbitrarily based on their appearance and then charge that they were engaging in prostitution. Typically, transgender women and women of color were targeted. Brooklyn activists, politicians and many arrested under the law are celebrating the repeal.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to have communities brought into the hiring process for NYPD precinct commanders. It was received with praise as an important step in the right direction, but was also criticized as just window dressing. “This is unprecedented in the history of NYPD,” the mayor said. “We’re bringing the voices of the community forward to determine who would be the right leader.”
During Monday’s snowstorm, six people were shot, including a woman struck by a stray bullet through her kitchen wall. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the shootings were “astounding.” All six victims are expected to survive.
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