As we all know, the expert commenters on Brownstoner have confirmed again and again that PLG is horribly, exceptionally and infuriatingly dangerous. Personally, we're grateful for the fact that we are superhumanly agile, as we would otherwise have surely been hit by the many stray bullets we dodge daily and nightly... even when we're inside our home.
As the data tell us, our precinct's murder rate is down 20% YTD as compared to 2005. Rape is down 22.7%; robbery down 6.4%; felony assault down 4.0%; burglary down 15.3%. Grand larceny is up 1.6%. Compare this with the cherished 88th precinct, which includes Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, where murder is up 175% YTD.
It should be noted that murder rates have plunged to the extent that percent change isn't necessarily that meaningful; in our precinct the crude number of murders dropped from 20 to 16. For the 88th, murders rose from 0 to 3.
See the complete report for the week of December 4 - 10 here: Download 12.06 crime stats.pdf
We want to make it clear to our buddies at Brownstoner that this post is NOT a critique of their work. We think their blog is excellent.