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.

Tom Licciardello Paintingbytom.com January 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
I wouldn't just blame it on the neighborhoods. It's happening all over. More people losing there jobs and out of work and the cost of living going up are probably making even good people turn into thieves.
Louise January 09, 2012 at 07:12 PM
It is not the neighborhood Tom you are right. It is the person who doesn't think. You read so much..the papers everyday are talking about being careless. This is New York people not the mid west..open your eyes to your surroundings..
Michael Hunt Jr. January 09, 2012 at 07:51 PM
It's definitely not the neighborhood. The economy is making people make rash decisions. Thats why people are stealing electronic. Ipod, iphones and ipad are hot right now. They know its a for-dure sale i they steal one. I blame the government for everything. Lol not everything!
Michael Hunt Jr. January 09, 2012 at 07:52 PM
They know it's a for-sure sale when they take one* sorry bad typo
Nancy Manzuarte January 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
This is true. I live in Park Slope and there are gangs of young african american kids who are walking around looking for a target.
Melissa January 09, 2012 at 11:47 PM
So Nancy, all the thieves are automatically the "gangs of young African American kids who are walking around..."? I walk around Park Slope plenty and what about the "gangs of young Caucasian kids" walking around? Are they not looking for a target too perhaps? I'm sure you would think of them as a group of lovely young children sharing an afternoon together eating snow cones and playing a game of catch in the park.
Corey January 10, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Melissa, Nancy is a Park Slope Bigot. Ignore her.
Brownstone Queen January 10, 2012 at 03:29 AM
It's true that some of these victims are careless but people are being mugged during the day, right outside their apartments and in high traffic areas as well. Crime is on the rise for all of us. I'd like to know if the city plans to increase police presence in the area now that they are publicly acknowledging the increase in crime.
Danielle January 10, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I've said it before - Captain Lewis needs to go. He instills no discipline in his officers and they have become lax - and frat-like - in both actions and attitude.
Anthony January 10, 2012 at 05:17 PM
A HUGE problem is people who don't pay attention and like to flash their portable devices. I'm not saying you can't have your iPod on or talk on your phone in the street, but be more careful. Don't stop in the middle of the sidewalk and start texting if you don't have to. I notice a lot of people like to walk and have their phone in their hands like it's a security blanket. Put that damn thing in your pocket if you're not using it. And then there are the kings of all stupid: I once read on here that some man brought his laundry bag to a bar. In the laundry bag he had a laptop and some other portable devices. He, of course, was robbed. Nevermind the fact the idiot brought a laundry bag to a bar. Not everything is preventable, but you can sure as heck do yourself a favor help your chances by not being a moron.
Tamara Uhler January 10, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I agree people need to stop flashing their electronics, also stop listening to your ipods at night or when no one else is around, you can't hear anything!! Finally crime follows money, these neighborhoods were somewhat dicey pre-gentrification but now million dollars homes etc. it's bound to get worse and with the stadium opening!! I hope they get more cops on the street!!!!
Louise January 10, 2012 at 06:47 PM
What about the people who get their wallets or the complete bag stolen in Ikea? Leave your bag on the shopping cart and walk away and come back 10 minutes later? (((HELLO))) I see it all the time AND in Fairway the same thing..they leave their shopping cart in the middle of the aisle go walking off to read a label and the bag is open with everything showing , except the note saying "Take my wallet please" They think this is LaLa land need to be a little aware of things around them and stop blaming the Afro American youths. AND curtains on the windows. Million dollar homes and the first floor is open to the public to see all. Where do these people come from? Us New Yorkers and Brooklynites know what happens in the City. You just can't come here and think this is LaLa land people. It is real out there not a movie set.
Nia Zaki January 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
What I do find odd about this Fort Green Patch is that the only crimes that get printed here are the street crimes. If you are SO up in arms about crime why isn't there any reporting about ALL the other crimes taking place? What about this sky rocketing rent? Why about the millions of people out of work? What about the looting of Main Street by Wall Street? What about all of the people who lost their homes? What about all of the people who lost their retirement money? What about the fact that this city is losing affordable housing every few months? What about the assault on the middle class, the working poor, the poor, our disabled veterans, the disabled and our senior citizens?
EARLDINE JACKSON January 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
What a lot of these people need is COMMON SENSE 101, why must you be on your phone 24/7 pay attention to where you are what's going on around you. Stop walking around like you have no idea where you are and remember if someone is going to mug you it's not the large group of young men it's the lone person who knows you'll be destracted by the group. You are right they seem to be in LA LA LAND so snap back into the real world crime can happen anywhere .
Danielle January 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
I agree with everyone's point about being careful. Having said that, the whole point of a cellphone is to be able to call someone when you are not at home. Therefore, taking your phone out to make a call should not make one the victim of a crime. I'm reading disturbing news about people having their cellphones ripped from their hands at very busy intersections during the day time (Court and Degraw at 3pm!). The criminals are to blame but they might be deterred if there were more police presence - such as having some police officers walking the beat rather than driving around in their cars.
Jorge January 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM
I was just wondering when Red Hook and Park Slope belonged in the same sentence.
Nancy Manzuarte January 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Melissa: Take off those rose colored glasses. These thugs are coming in from other neighborhoods and preying on naive hipsters. My neighbor was approached and they asked him for the time and when he checked his Iphone for the time, they grabbed it and ran. They do it all the time. Nobody has the right to take what does not belong to them. My son works in Carroll Gardens and they come in Flash Mob style and grab merchandise and run. Maybe you won't feel the same if it happens to you.
Louise January 11, 2012 at 08:01 PM
My husband and I were mugged in the Red Hook Projects one morning as we were going to wash clothes. It was 6:30AM and we were STUPID going at that time. We lived in the projects all our lives and never had anything like this happen to us. Now with all the money moving in and ipods being shown so freely people are easy targets. I look out my window and see these twits jogging at 5-5:30 IN THE MORNING, what is up with this? Remember those signs people would put on your back? Kick me? Well they need to put signs on them selves that say MUG ME PLEASE!!!
John January 11, 2012 at 10:29 PM
I think it's quite incredible that people here are blaming the victims. Is this how one should react to crime? "Of course you'll get mugged you idiot, you made a phone call -- you asked for it!". Just like telling a woman wearing snazzy clothes that she was asking for it. And to Melissa -- it's of course unfounded (and therefore possibly racist) to think of all groups of black kids as marauding gangs, but I can assure you that device-thefts in Park Slope and other areas are not being conducted by gangs of white teenagers. You cannot wish away the economic and social reality that is behind the current crime wave by pretending that the actors are equally sampled from all social strata. Doing so would not be street-smart, to echo the sentiment of the victim-blamers. Crime should not be accepted as simply a reality that cannot be changed, nor as the proper fate assigned to the drunk, the out-of-towners, the un-street-smart, the non-aggressive, those who assume the best.
Harry January 13, 2012 at 02:56 PM
De-fund public housing. Fast and precise way to solve this problem. Getting mugged is one thing, but getting mugged by someone that lives in an apartment that you pay the rent on is another. You are basically getting ripped off by the same person twice!
Louise January 13, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Harry..what do you mean De-fund public housing? Getting mugged in the projects has nothing to do with where you live..we didn't live in the projects at the time of the mugging. We lived in the up and coming hot trendy neighborhood of Van Brunt St..but walked to Lorraine St IN the projects to wash. You can live anywhere today..if they are going to mugg you.. you will be mugged. So what does your comment mean? No one who lived with us mugged us so please explain..
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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