Some Crime is Up in the 84th; Still Not the Bad Old Days

With comments like this one on BHB:

I am worried for my safety as well in the evenings. I used to feel totally comfortable walking all over the neighborhood and I don’t now – I feel like a target. Is there anyone on this board that can speak to what the local police are doing to heighten their patrol?

We wondered if crime is really on the rise in Brooklyn Heights and the 84th Precinct.  According to CompStat numbers covering the period of 10/20 – 10/26, the answer is yes…sorta.

Robberies are up 300%  compared to the same time period in 2007 (2 to 8) and up 143.7% from the same 28 day period last year (16 to 39).  Burglaries are flat compared to the same week last year (7 to 7),  and down 35% compared to ’07 (20 -13).  Year to date: Robberies are up 4.8% (186-195) while Burglaries are down 16.9% (130-108).

For some perspective 2008 is nothing like the “bad old days” of 1990 when there were a total of 1,908 reported robberies and 1,563 reported burglaries.

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  • bornhere

    Those are some interesting stats — especially when you consider the rash of home burgs on Willow Street and in sections of the north Heights over the past several months. Hmm.

  • Batty Magoo

    Go to church or the devils gonna getcha…

  • Publius

    The Compstat report is for the entire 84th precinct, not just Bklyn Heights. So if there is an uptick in crime in the precinct, it’s hard to determine if it’s in the Heights, or some of the other nabes that comprise the 84th ( Downtown, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO and the Farragut Residences. )

    Related, several cops I know have told me to take CompStat with a grain of salt–that often the precincts know how to massage the stats. There’s apparently a lot of funny business about how different crimes are reported (or not) or how they are classified.

  • kd

    The robbery stats are disconcerting, but the historical perspective is enlightening. Thanks for posting.

    Question still remains… can the police tell us if they’re acting on the recent upswing?

  • weegee

    Just a simple nod here to corroborate Publius’ statement.

    Sometimes, “murders” become “manslaughters,” and that changes numbers a lot.