Crime continues to plummet in the 68th Precinct.
Year to date, the precinct – which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Fort Hamilton – is down in the seven index crimes 10.71 percent, including a 23 percent drop in the past month alone.
That translates into almost 30 fewer crimes, noted Captain Joseph Hayward, during the May meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council, held in the station house, 333 65th Street, on May 17. “So, 30 less victims of index crimes assault, burglary and grand larceny auto.”
Overall, according to the numbers posted through CompStat, as of May 8, the precinct was down 38.1` percent in Grand Larceny Auto, with 26 so far in 2016, compared to 42 at this point last year; 33.3 percent in rapes, with two so far this year compared to three at this time last year; 23.9 percent in felonious assault, with 35 so far in 2016 compared to 46 as of the same time last year; and 14 percent in burglary, with 49 year to date compared to 57 at this time in 2015.
Two crime categories were flat—robbery (with 28 incidents at this point in both 2015 and 2016), and murder (zero, year to date, for both 2016 and 2015).
Finally, there has been an increase of 2.3 percent in grand larceny, with 135 incidents year to date compared to 132 at this time last year.
That said, the precinct has been coping with a rash of tire and rim thefts. While two people have been arrested for filching tires and rims from a Mercedes Benz, so far cops have not arrested the person or people behind similar thefts from Honda Accords, said Hayward. There have been four of those in the past month, he said.
The arrests of the people behind the Mercedes theft was directly due to a tip from a local resident, Hayward said. “Someone saw it and called it in,” he told the group. “We’ve got to get the Honda Accord guys,” he went on, urging the public to keep alert and let the precinct know if they see something suspicious.
The drop in crime in the 68th Precinct compares favorably with the city at large. Citywide, as of May 8, crime was up .57 percent, with the biggest increase in the category of rape, 8.5 percent year to date (472 so far this year compared to 435 at this point in 2015). The biggest drop, citywide, has been in Grand Larceny Auto, which has seen a 15.2 percent decline, with 1,897 so far in 2016 compared to 2,236 last year at this time. Murder is also down, citywide, 13.2 percent, with 99 so far in 2016 compared to 114 at this point in 2015.