The year in crime

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A new year means a new chance to see whether crime is up or down. Here’s how Park Slope’s 78th Precinct fared for the just-ended calendar year.

Statistically speaking, there were the same number of murders — three — last year compared to the previous year. But that’s only because the NYPD changed the way it calculates murders, classifying a death as a homicide if the person died within the calendar year, even if the crime occurred years earlier.

That change had an immediate impact in the Slope, where one of the 2006 murder “victims” finally succumbed to wounds he sustained in a shootout 13-years-ago, police said.

Overall, crime declined more than five percent in the 78th Precinct last year.

The area showed steep declines in some crime categories:

• There were three rapes in 2006, down from seven in 2005.

• Robbery reports fell 20 percent, to 191 in 2006.

• Car thefts fell 25 percent, to 138.

But several other categories saw increases:

• There was a 28-percent hike in assaults, to 96 reports.

• And there were statistically insignificant up-ticks in burglary and larceny.

Overall, crime continues to fall in the 78th Precinct at a rate that mirrors the city in general. Since 2001, the area has seen violent crime drop nearly 19 percent, and nearly 70 percent since 1993.

In those 13 years, murders have fallen more than 57 percent, rapes are down a whopping 88 percent, and robbery declined nearly 78 percent. The least-impressive decline, still good at almost 11 percent, was in larceny reports.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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