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Crime down in 76th Precinct

Despite a recent bump in burglaries and assaults, overall crime continues a steady decent in the 76th Precinct, police statistics show.

In the past 28 days, assaults are up 20 percent, with 12 reported compared to 10 for the same period a year ago.Captain Kenneth Corey, the commanding officer of the precinct, said that all of the assaults were between people acquainted with each other — not random acts of street violence.

Burglaries have surged 38.5 percent, with 18 reported in the past 28 days compared to 13 for the same period in 2008. While only a difference of five incidents, Corey noted that many of the cases did not necessarily occur in residents’ homes. For instance, a stolen radio from a commercial vehicle constitutes a burglary, as does a recent case of 15 cases of Red Bull, a popular energy drink, being snatched from a delivery truck. “A lot of these were burglaries in a technical sense,” Corey assured the 76th Precinct Community Council this week.

For the year so far, the precinct, which covers Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Boerum Hill, and Gowanus, has seen a 7.3 percent drop in crime compared to last year, as of August 30.

For the year so far, robberies have fallen 15.8 percent, the data shows.Grand larceny is down 6.4 percent, and car thefts have slid 7.7 percent, the statistics indicate.

Murders are flat, with three reported each year; there has been one rape reported so far, compared to two for the same period last year.

—Gary Buiso

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