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.