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The number of rapes reported to police in Williamsburg and Greenpoint skyrocketed last year — and North Brooklyn residents fear recent attacks against women are a sign the terrifying trend is continuing into 2012.

Rapes nearly tripled in 2011 in Williamsburg’s 90th Precinct, where perps committed 23 rapes compared to eight the previous year, and in Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct, where attackers committed three rapes compared to one the year before.

This year got off to a foreboding start when an assailant grabbed a woman on Maspeth Avenue at 4 am on New Year’s Day, pulled her into a parking garage, and raped her, police said.

The next day, a man dragged a woman between two cars on Withers Street and beat her with a stick, causing four stitches, according to a witness.

The Withers Street attack wasn’t a rape, but it left neighbors frightened — leading cops from both precincts to call a meeting last week to discuss the crimes.

“We don’t want to keep these things hidden, because people need to protect themselves,” said 90th Precinct Deputy Inspector Michael Kemper.

Kemper tried to calm the crowd at the meeting at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Havemeyer Street on Wednesday night, insisting his cops keep close watch over the neighborhood at all hours.

“We have officers monitoring the bars out at 4 am,” said Kemper, who urged locals to call the cops if they notice anything amiss. “We’re out there in uniform and we’re out there in plain clothes.”

But North Brooklyn residents, like Community Board 1 member Tish Cianciotta, remain worried.

“We are concerned about the woman sexually attacked on Maspeth and Kingsland,” said Cianciotta. “That’s not too far away from us. Luckily someone was there to help here but we’re still concerned.”

Cops in North Brooklyn made several high-profile rape arrests in 2011 and early this year, most recently nabbing taxi cab driver Gurmeet Singh, who allegedly picked up a 26-year-old woman on May 6 and raped at knife point inside his vehicle.

Police sources say the victim knew the perpetrator before the attack in more than two-thirds of cases in Williamsburg and all of the cases in Greenpoint — making it even harder for officers to prevent.

“Unfortunately there isn’t much that we can do to stop these types of crimes,” a Greenpoint cop told The Brooklyn Paper.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at ashort@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.

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Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Ahem. Please refer to the comments section in the below article to elucidate this particular article:

http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/34/51/dtg_barbacklash_2011_12_23_bk.html

Of course, this awful awful trend is solely the criminal culpability of the rapists and perpetrators, and is not logically due to the "tavern economy" of North Brooklyn--only partly so. However, please consider the comments made in that thread that reference an "upcoming crime wave" that was repeatedly denied in its prognostication and laughed at.
Jan. 23, 2012, 11:54 am
Miguel from Williamsburg says:
Its funny how this is news now. Its been happening for years. The only difference now its occuring to a different demographic
Jan. 23, 2012, 3:19 pm
Antione says:
Hide yo kids, hide yo wide AND hide yo husbands cuz they raping erbody out here
Jan. 23, 2012, 6:15 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
I hate to say it but you made me look up the video and I laughed.
Jan. 23, 2012, 7:33 pm
Jerry from B'Burg says:
That final comment from the cop totally says the heart of the problem! "We really can't do anything"????? Is that the approach that lets the problem continue in the South Slope and Sunset Park? And now here?

If they can't stop attacks on the street, what the hell are the cops for? Traffic tickets? Make up your mind that you can do something and something will get done. Or get ready for some primo citizen action!
Jan. 24, 2012, 7:19 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Jerry,

I love your spirit. But what the officer meant is that in many of these crimes, the victim knows the perpetrator. When the perp knows the victim, prevention decreases--the police can't be there, say, to put a wedge between the victim and the perp as their "friendship" [hypothetically] develops and the perp machinates. The police can't be there, say, when the victim divulges his/her whereabouts to the perp unknowingly expecting the perp or not even ever knowing the perp is about to do something heinous. Or as the perp learns the victim's patterns.
Jan. 24, 2012, 7:29 am
tjh from greenpoint says:
Jerry, you are correct the cops can't be there when a father rapes his daughter, or a "boyfriend" rapes his girlfriend.
Jan. 24, 2012, 11:19 am
Jerry from B'Burg says:
Respectfully, Dennis, the police may have more difficulty preventing a rape between individuals who know each other but they can certainly prosecute when the victim makes a police report. They can maintain an atmosphere that encourages victims to come forward and make reports, and not treat the victim as a criminal, as sometimes happens. They can track the patterns of the attackers, because these guys don't do it just once. They can run outreach and education programs about the program, what everyone can do, and WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO HELP.

None of those steps have been taken by the NYPD in Park Slope/Sunset Park 2 years into a problem, just a lot of "What can we do?" The police CAN do PLENTY! The question is why they don't do anything.
Jan. 24, 2012, 11:31 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Jerry,

Your point is well made.
Jan. 24, 2012, 12:59 pm
Fuzzbee from Prospect height says:
stupid rape it's making me mad. WHY? these rappers should all get i BIG TICKIT!
Jan. 24, 2012, 3:45 pm
Fuzzbee from Prospect height says:
an one more thing these repoting jerks-why are they reporting the rapping AFTER the rape! it does not do good for the person that got rape! what is this
Jan. 24, 2012, 3:48 pm
kat from south williamsburg says:
I left a comment after the article in the following link
http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/34/47/dtg_hotelrape_2011_11_25_bk.html
The harassment which can possibly precede attacks and rapes is ignored by the 90th precinct cops. (see my comment about them refusing to take reports of crimes). Also there is a lot of drug dealing around South 2 and Hooper. Specifically 390 Hooper on the first floor on the right side of the building and also in my building 381 Hooper. In 381 Hooper the drunk super lets a drug dealer/addict live in a small room entered in the back courtyard of the building. Also if you look at 381 from the front the apartment on the 2nd floor on the far left side of the building sells drugs too. The landlord--the Knoll family has been told time and again about the crime in their buildings and they do nothing. The supers in these buildings are half the problem. Sooooo the drugs encourage people who commit crimes to come to these two buildings. Including people who attack other people. Then when called to these two buildings about attacks on women the 90th precinct cops refuse to take reports. The men committing the crimes are strangers--they are not known to the people being harassed and attacked.
Jan. 25, 2012, 3:29 am
Fatimah from Cobble Hill says:
Your article features an ad showing a young girl with bare midriff for Jewish COED Sleep Away Camp. Her arms are up in the air as she reveals her beautiful face. She is shown in profile, which accentuates her body. Talk about rape. You guys are sick. Let's protect our children, not sexually exploit them.
Jan. 25, 2012, 6:59 am
Fatimah from Cobble Hill says:
Invasion of the elitist white people has generated a lot of resentment. Robberies and rapes that ensue testify to this. What we have is a race war going on. White folks, wake up and smell the coffee.
Jan. 25, 2012, 7:04 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Kat from South Williamsburg,

Have you seen this article? Foreboding.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/a-frightening-drug-resurfaces/
Jan. 25, 2012, 8:27 am
k from ? says:
these closeted racists talking about certain demographics make me sick
Jan. 25, 2012, 10:28 am
Kat from South Williamsburg says:
Don't try to scare people you pathetic racists. I have lived in Southside for 10 years.
Jan. 25, 2012, 7:22 pm
Bewildered from South Brooklyn says:
Fatimah from Cobble Hill, words like elitist are offensive to the general public. The concern my dear is for the people that are being attacked and raped. Instead of being judgmental why not be proactive and think of something intelligent to say because at this point racism does not have a roll in this. Rapist are not smart enough to single out a victim by race. Use your noggin since you're such an elitist. Kat my dear careful not to volunteer too much info you may put yourself at risk and I don't want to scare you I am just a concerned citizen looking out for your well being.
Jan. 27, 2012, 5:14 pm
Kim from Williamsburg says:
As far as the rape on Maspeth Avenue goes - it happened right next to an abandoned construction site that has been dark (no streetlights since there's still no building there) for over three years. The rape itself happened in a zip car garage that is often left open. Residents have been complaining about this FOR YEARS and the police have done NOTHING. Actually they did do one thing. After a meeting this fall where both the 90th and 94th precinct argued over who patrols this block they put up yellow crime scene tape around the abandoned construction site to "warn " residents that a rapist could potentially be hiding in there - that blew off after about 12 hours. We need to do something as a community b/c it is clear the cops don't care.
Jan. 28, 2012, 11:02 am
Stephen from Ft.greene says:
It was so bizarre to read about the guy weeks ago with a silver pistol.

I saw him heading up Cumberland from Washington Park with both my girlfriend and friend. My friend in hearing him scream something relating to having a ball that evening replied with "Hope it goes well!", not realizing he raised a pistol very shiny yet silver in color. Because apparently we were minorities in the form of being Hispanic it almost seemed as if he did not care, arrogantly moving on. I told my friend that it wasn't cool to reply and he understood while no one but myself saw what was in his hand. In seeing the article although I have my doubts did I realize I might not be so lucky next time around. These people are aiming for for those who don't belong, but not to rid of outsiders like most assume. They have an inherent belief that if you are paying a lot for bills and utilities then so be it you have something to gain from. These men and women alike know New Yorkers from upcoming neighbors, wishing all of you well loving the new ideas and and individuals providing us with a more diverse insight.
Jan. 29, 2012, 7:44 am
Stephen from Ft.greene says:
It was so bizarre to read about the guy weeks ago with a silver pistol.

I saw him heading up Cumberland from Washington Park with both my girlfriend and friend. My friend in hearing him scream something relating to having a ball that evening replied with "Hope it goes well!", not realizing he raised a pistol very shiny yet silver in color. Because apparently we were minorities in the form of being Hispanic it almost seemed as if he did not care, arrogantly moving on. I told my friend that it wasn't cool to reply and he understood while no one but myself saw what was in his hand. In seeing the article although I have my doubts did I realize I might not be so lucky next time around. These people are aiming for for those who don't belong, but not to rid of outsiders like most assume. They have an inherent belief that if you are paying a lot for bills and utilities then so be it you have something to gain from. These men and women alike know New Yorkers from upcoming neighbors, wishing all of you well loving the new ideas and and individuals providing us with a more diverse insight.
Jan. 29, 2012, 7:44 am
Stephen from Ft.greene says:
My apologies for the multiple posts my internet is acting up. Make sure you either walk side streets without music or your phone out, while studying people around you very carefully. In n.williamsburg just remember factories and oldschool mentalities are intact, allowing people to gain an upper hand silently. It was worse then yet possible now, realizing that with every action indeed has a price. Walj in groups is your best option.
Jan. 29, 2012, 7:55 am
Stephen from Ft.greene says:
My apologies for the multiple posts my internet is acting up. Make sure you either walk side streets without music or your phone out, while studying people around you very carefully. In n.williamsburg just remember factories and oldschool mentalities are intact, allowing people to gain an upper hand silently. It was worse then yet possible now, realizing that with every action indeed has a price. Walj in groups is your best option.
Jan. 29, 2012, 7:55 am
eat it from myass says:
oh shut the hell up dennis you windbag of dick breath!
Feb. 7, 2012, 10:42 pm

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