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The Week in Crime: Spotlight on Bed-Stuy

Overall, crime is down in Bed-Stuy, and in Brooklyn as a whole.
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Bed-Stuy’s 81st Precinct. Photo: Google Maps.

Overall, crime is down Bed-Stuy, and in Brooklyn as a whole.

There has no change in crime levels reported to Bed-Stuy's 79th Precinct, but there has 41.6% decrease reported to the neighborhood's 81st Precinct during the week May 24 to May 30, compared to the same period last year.

Across the two precincts, there have been 37 incidents reported, including robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto.

During the same period last year, there were 47 incidents reported, including two incidents of rape and seven of robbery.

There has been eight murders and seven rapes reported this year in the neighborhood, compared with five murders and 20 rapes reported by the same date in 2020.

Looking at the 28-day cycle, there has been a 30% decrease in incident reports at the 79th Precinct and 10% increase at the 81st Precinct this year on last.

The most common incident reported over the week-long period was felony assault, with 15 reports of the crime. That is the same number of reports as during the same period last year.

On June 4, the 79th Precinct tweeted that officers were calling on the community for information to help locate a suspect in a robbery that occurred on Fulton St.

On June 1, the 81st Precinct tweeted a photo of a man that is wanted in connection with a sexual assault in Bed-Stuy. Police are calling on the community for information.

Across Brooklyn:

Across the borough, there have been 458 incidents reported between May 24 and May 30, according to NYPD's CompStat, including one murder in Brooklyn North. There were five reported rapes across Brooklyn, 73 robberies and 119 felony assaults.

In the headlines:

Brooklyn artist Michael Kaves has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of himself and other artists whose graffiti artwork is currently in danger of being painted over by "untrained" cops and volunteers on a mission to clean up the city this summer. Kaves fears the City's crackdown on graffiti isn't checking whether the locations identified for cleanup are in fact sites of legal artworks.

Eleven mayors from across New York state have sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to pass "critical gun sense legislation" before the end of this legislative session. The letter calls on the state legislature to pass gun control bills introduced by Assemblymember Patricia Fahy and Senator Zellnor Myrie, "amidst a statewide surge of deadly gun violence this year in local communities." On Wednesday, the Senate Democratic Majority advanced a package of gun violence prevention bills, which included Myrie's bill supported by the mayors.

An MTA bus driver was punched by an 18-year-old rider who refused to wear a facemask in Brooklyn Thursday, according to police. Authorities say the suspect got onto the B46 bus at Flushing Avenue and Broadway in the Bushwick section around noon. The driver told him he had to wear a mask in order to ride, as MTA rule require all customers to wear a face covering.

A man is under arrest after allegedly opening fire outside a bodega in Brooklyn on Monday night where five people were shot. Jonathan Espinal, 25, of Queens, was charged Wednesday with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. The bodega shooting was just one of several incidents in a violent six-hour period across the city on Monday.

BK Reader's crime tracker has the latest information and statistics on crime and policing in the borough.