In light of last night’s incident, police officials wanted to reassure Brooklyn Heights residents that there were no reported robberies last night and that there is no crime wave in the Heights.
“There are no crime patterns that are affecting Brooklyn Heights,” an official tells Brooklyn Heights Blog. “Our worst crime pattern is probably a graffiti pattern.”
Major crimes have declined 20 percent over last year throughout the 84th precinct, according to the latest CompStat report.
Each year, around Halloween there are reports of gang initiation rituals in the city, but police officials said this was just a myth.
“It’s an annual rumor that has not had a basis in fact since 1995,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told the Daily News last week. Still, the police have said they will increase their presence at youth hangouts.
Also, officers said that if you are frightened, you should never hesitate to contact the police.
According to safety tips on the NYPD website, if you are coming home late at night and you suspect that you are being followed stay away from lonely quiet blocks and head for a store you know that is open.