Crime drops again in Ridge, Dyker

January 17, 2013 Helen Klein
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The 68th Precinct ended 2012 with an overall reduction in the seven index crimes of about two percent.

In all, as of December 30, 2012, there were 21 fewer crimes in the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton and Dyker Heights than in 2011, according to the city’s crime tracking system, CompStat.

“Last year was another successful year,” noted precinct commander Captain Richard DiBlasio during the January meeting of the community council at the station house, 333 65th Street, explaining that the numbers are currently being audited and should be finalized in the near future. “I owe that to the men and women of the 68th Precinct, and the volunteers, the auxiliary officers.

“A lot of hard work goes into solving crimes and preventing crimes, and it looks like it paid off,” DiBlasio added.

The stats break down to a reduction in three of the seven crime categories and an increase in three, with one category – murder – remaining the same. There was one murder in 2012, just like in the previous year.

The biggest decline in the 68th Precinct was seen in felonious assault, incidents of which were down 25.9 percent from the previous year, with 106 in 2012 compared to 143 in 2011. Grand larceny auto was also down, 8.2 percent, with 112 in 2012, compared with 122 in 2011. Finally, there was a 6.2 percent reduction in burglaries, with 196 reported in the 68th Precinct in 2012, compared to 209 in 2011.

There was a steep increase in rapes in 2012, 100 percent, with 16 compared to eight the prior year. Robberies were also up for 2012, 7.8 percent, with 110 compared to 102 the year before. Grand larcenies were also up, 6.2 percent, with 391 in 2012 compared to 368 the prior year.

The 68th Precinct stats compare favorably with Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, which encompasses 13 precincts, including the 68th Precinct, as well as with the city as a whole. Crime was up in Brooklyn South 3.42 percent for 2012, and 3.32 percent citywide, according to CompStat. That represents an increase of 4,451 individual crimes citywide; there were 587 more crimes in Brooklyn South in 2012 than the year before.

While not part of the index of seven major crimes, shootings are also reported through CompStat. The number of shooting victims in the 68th Precinct went down 75 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, with one in 2012 compared to four in 2011. The number of shooting incidents went down 66.7 percent; there was one in 2012, compared to three in 2011.

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