First look at NYC’s new CompStat 2.0: Eight Brooklyn crime trends
Wondering what streets to avoid at night in your neighborhood? Or the types of crime that occur around your child’s middle school?
New York City’s newly unveiled CompStat 2.0 makes the NYPD’s crime data available to the public, searchable by street, precinct, day of the week or type of crime.
The CompStat website lets residents view a map of all types of crimes within the most recent two week period, or get overviews of different time increments. Charts can be manipulated to see how crime is trending over time or vs. another precinct.
Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters at a Tuesday news conference that the updated system gives people the ability “to go on a computer, to bring up the CompStat information and see what is happening in their neighborhood in literally real time, specifically as it relate to the major crimes in their neighborhoods.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the information would “bring power to everyone — certainly for our residents to know what’s going on so they can be part of the solution. And we want them to share information. One thing I think will happen is the more they see, the more they’ll tell the police.”
Previously, crime data reporting was largely limited to the seven major crime categories. Now, it is expanded to provide information such as date, time, or the specific type of crime within the broader category.
Bratton said the city will “load it every Wednesday to update all of the crime numbers.” The site may go offline briefly on Wednesdays during this process.
The mayor and Bratton also spoke about several technology initiatives being provided to the NYPD, including smart phones for all officers. More on these at brooklyneagle.com.
The CompStat website is: https://compstat.nypdonline.org
Eight Brooklyn crime trends:
In browsing the CompStat website on Tuesday, several Brooklyn trends became apparent.
Get out in the morning
The safest time to be out and around in Brooklyn is in the early morning — from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Brooklyn North and from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Brooklyn South. Crime is at its lowest point during these hours.
Keep your eyes open at night
While the evening hours are usually less safe overall, more crimes are reported at 9 p.m. than any other time, in both Brooklyn North and South.
East New York dicey, but Fridays are OK
In Brooklyn North, the 75th Precinct (covering East New York) reported the most crimes during a one-year period ending Feb. 21.
Oddly, Fridays were the safest days by far in the 75th Precinct, averaging only half as many crimes as the other days of the week. Crime peaks in the early afternoon, and also at 11 p.m.
Keep your eyes open on New Lots Avenue, Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street
Over the past year, crime has plagued a strip of New Lots Avenue. Robberies, burglaries, felonious assaults, murder, grand larcenies have all made their appearance. A strip of Atlantic Avenue between Vermont Street and North Conduit Avenue also had a steady crime incidence, as did Fulton Street in that general area.
What to know about the 84th Precinct
In the 84th Precinct, covering Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and parts of Downtown Brooklyn, there are two crime peaks: from 4 to 5 p.m., and again from 9 to 11 p.m.
The streets with the most crime in the 84th Precinct include Fulton Street and Bond Street, in the Downtown area and Boerum Place near Atlantic Avenue.
Fulton Street is rife with petite larceny, including many incidents of shoplifting.
Smith Street also needs to be approached with some care. The street was the scene of nine major crimes since the start of the year, plus nine instances of petite larceny. (Note that some of the dots on the CompStat map indicate several crimes occurring near the same intersection.)
Quiet little Henry Street in the Heights has been the scene of a six crimes so far this year, including grand larceny by extortion near the intersection of Henry and Cranberry Streets.
Of interest to Willowtown residents, Joralemon Street lists three grand larcenies and eight petite larceny crimes since the start of the year. One of these was the attack on Rabbi Aaron Raskin, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Avraham on Remsen St. Rabbi Raskin has called for more police on the street.
Fort Greene pretty safe?
The 88th Precinct, covering Fort Greene and part of Downtown, was the safest in Brooklyn North this past year.
Like elsewhere in Brooklyn, the early morning hours were the safest, from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. Crime peaks at 2 p.m., however.
In the 94th Precinct, Bedford Avenue south of McCarren Park can be dicey at times. Likewise, Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint is the site of many grand larcenies, so keep your eye on your possessions.
Beware the Bay Ridge Motorcycle Robber
Since the year 2016 started, a dozen people were victimized by someone riding a motorcycle in Bay Ridge, in the 68th Precinct. (That’s all we’re told.)
The most crime-ridden precinct in all of Brooklyn South was the 67th (Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush-Ditmas Park) during the month ending Feb. 21.
The Friday charm doesn’t work in Brooklyn South. Unlike the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn North, you are just as likely to be a victim of a crime on a Friday as on any other day of the week there.
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