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The Week in Crime: Spotlight on Bushwick

Overall, crime is up in Bushwick and in Brooklyn as a whole.
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Bushwick’s 83rd Precinct. Photo: Google Maps.

Overall, crime is up in Bushwick and in Brooklyn as a whole.

There has been a 90.5% increase in crime reported to Bushwick's 83rd Precinct during the week September 20 to September 26, compared to the same period last year.

There have been 40 incidents reported, including robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto.

During the same period last year, there were 21 incidents reported, including nine incidents of grand larceny.

There has been five murders and 21 rapes reported this year in the neighborhood, compared with four murders and 15 rapes reported by the same date in 2020.

Looking at the 28-day cycle, there has been a 15.7% increase in incident reports this year on last.

The most common incident reported over the week-long period was grand larceny, with 14 reports of the crime. That is five more reported incidents than the same period last year.

On September 27, the 83rd Precinct tweeted that there has been an increase in car theft and break ins in the neighborhood, and warned drivers not to leave their keys in the ignition and unattended.

Across Brooklyn:

Across the borough, there have been 634 incidents reported between September 20 and 26, according to NYPD's CompStat. There were six rapes reported rapes across Brooklyn, 75 robberies and 146 felony assaults.

In the headlines:

A 16-year-old boy was killed in a gunfight in East New York on Tuesday, police say. The teenager was standing with a group outside the Fiorentino Houses at the intersection of Miller and Pitkin Avenues just after 1:20pm when a gunman approached and started firing at the group, hitting the victim in the torso.

It started with bikes in the hallway. Then two cases of avocados from the walk-in cooler went missing. A brisket, a phone, an iPad, as thieves became more brazen. Then, on Wednesday morning, the owners of Michelin-recognized Venezuelan restaurant Casa Ora woke to discover their front door had been smashed in with a brick, the register stolen. The latest break-in is the third the restaurant has faced in the last two weeks. It happened in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month, and on a special day for the restaurant’s co-owners.

Police officers with the NYPD’s animal cruelty investigation squad made a stunning and disturbing discovery inside a Brooklyn home on Thursday, where 20 dogs were found in a vile animal hoarding scene. Before officers reached the top of the stops, they got their first sign of how bad things might be inside: the unmistakable odor of dog urine. Once inside, they witnessed the filth and hundreds of flies in the area.

A Brooklyn teenager was fatally shot Tuesday as he and his friends ran from a gun-toting rival â€" one of three shootings over a bloody eight-hour span in the borough, cops said. Cahlil Pennington, 16, was hanging out with a group of friends near the corner of Miller and Pitkin Aves. in East New York near the Fiorentino Plaza Houses when a gunman came up to the group and opened fire at 1:34 p.m., cops said. Pennington was hit twice, cops said.