Nabe Crime Wave More of a Ripple?

From this week's Brooklyn Heights Courier comes some mixed news regarding crime in the 'hood: 

The number of burglaries in Brooklyn Heights has dropped considerably since the beginning of the year, recently published statistics show.

Officials said that between January 1 and February 11, nine burglaries have been reported to cops at the Gold Street stationhouse, a drop of 60 percent from the 23 that occurred during the same time period in 2006.

Statistics show a 19 percent drop in grand larcenies and a 37 percent decrease in car thefts.

There was, however, a 47 percent increase in robberies, from 19 in 2006 to 28 this year.

Overall felony crime in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO was down nearly 13 percent as this paper went to press.

The robbery figures are a cause for concern along with last week's Citibank incident and robbery reports received by BHB this week.  Harrowing yes, crime wave? Not so much. 

Consider this bit of Police Blotter news from Brooklyn Paper which adds to detail to BHB community member KT's question about a robbery in her building on Monroe Place:

An 82-year-old woman was robbed by a thug who hid inside her Monroe Place building and awaited her return on Feb. 10, police said. When the elderly victim came home, around 4:45 pm, the man lurking in the vestibule rushed her, snatched her bag and ran off. She was unable to get a good look at the thief. The purse held credit cards, unused checks and a Social Security card.

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  • frelkins

    i think the issue we’ve been discussing here is more along the bag-grabbing type thing.

    are purse snatchings/muggings slightly up, while major crime remains rare?