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Crime Up in 'Trendy' Brooklyn Neighborhoods

Statistics from the 76th and 78th Precincts, covering Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Red Hook all show a spike in crime.

Police statistics show a recent spike in crime in well-to-do neighborhoods like Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Red Hook, says a new report in the New York Post.

The Post says that thieves are targeting tipsy revelers stumbling home from bars, snatching purses and expensive electronic devices like iPhones and iPads.

Carroll Gardens and Red Hook, which are covered by the 76th Precinct, reported 124 robberies in 2011, up from 100 in 2010, says the report, noting that police has stepped up their patrols.

The Post says that the 78th Precinct, which covers Park Slope, has seen a 32 percent rise in robberies.

Patch first , when Captain Jack Lewis, of the 76th Precinct, said that crime was up 38 percent.

Capt. Lewis said that thieves were targeting young professionals and non-native New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s.

"It's the transplanted New Yorker, not the person that was born and raised here, that seems to be the person that has electronic devices out," Lewis said, of the spike in smart phone robberies.

Patch had previously reported on an in Fort Greene, and were targeted in muggings this past fall.

Nia Zaki January 15, 2012 at 05:56 AM
@Harry- You don't pay the rent for people living in the projects, the people who live in the projects pay their own rent . If you're complaining about subsidies then you should complain about ANYONE AND EVERYONE who receives subsidies, not just people who aren't financially well off.
John January 17, 2012 at 02:48 PM
@Nia- So what do you suggest as solutions to the recent increase in crime in gentrifying Brooklyn? I've seen you censure other's posts in discussions on this site, but I have yet to see you put forward interpretations and suggestions about the problem at hand.
John January 17, 2012 at 02:53 PM
As for the issue of subsidies -- one could argue that there are subsidies that are socially useful, such as incentives for heat insulation in houses, or clean energy research, and others that are less useful long term, because they might induce unwanted behaviors. @Harry is suggesting that housing subsidies that support people in projects are of the latter sort. I don't know whether he's right, but I cannot agree with you that he must therefore oppose *all* subsidies.
Nia Zaki January 19, 2012 at 03:27 PM
John - What are you talking about? You've seen me censure other posts? What do "I" suggest as a solution to the increase in crime in "gentrifying" Brooklyn? Is that all you're concerned about, "gentrifying" Brooklyn? Well now.. THAT is a perfect place to start. If the newbies would stop looking down their noses at the people who live in this community and treated this community "like" a community it would go a long way. Try it sometimes. You can't agree with opposing "all" subsidies but, because a few people commit crimes the whole project, which houses hundreds of people, should be de-funded? Everyone should lose their homes because you don't like the behaviors of some of the people who happen to reside there?
Nia Zaki January 19, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Oh, yeah. I would also suggest leveling the playing field. Afford the same opportunities to EVERYONE. Stop all the nonsense about "everyone has the same opportunities." It's a blatant lie and we all KNOW IT.

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