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Drunk drivers targeted in 84th Precinct

It’s never a good idea to drive while intoxicated — especially in the 84th Precinct, where chances are you’ll be caught.

The precinct has made a concerted effort to target drunk drivers — and it’s working. For the year so far, 118 people have been arrested for drunk driving, compared to 67 last year, according to Captain Mark DiPaolo, the commanding officer of the precinct. “My officers are doing a great job identifying and arresting them,’ he said. “These people are menaces. I’m proud of the fact we’re catching them.”

DiPaolo said most of the arrests are made at the Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridges; the vast majority of those arrested don’t live in the precinct, he noted.

Meanwhile, significant declines in crime across the board continue at the precinct, its top cop said last week.

Overall crime is down 19.98 percent for the year, DiPaolo told the 84th Precinct Community Council at its Oct. 20 meeting.

“It’s pretty significant,” DiPaolo said.

As of Oct. 25, the precinct, which encompasses Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO, has seen its burglaries fall 25 percent compared to 2008; robberies fell 37.9 percent; assaults slid 18.4 percent; and grand larcenies down 13.1 percent, police statistics shows. Car thefts are down 10.9 percent, an improvement over last month, when they were flat for the year. Car thefts have seen the greatest reduction over the past 28 days, with just one incident reported compared to five for the same period last year — an 80 percent drop, the data show.

No murders have yet been reported in the precinct. But three rapes have been reported, compared to just one for the same period a year ago, a 200 percent jump. DiPaolo has said that in all the rape cases, the victim knew their attacker.

Overall, there have been 761 incidents reported this year compared to 951 in 2008, police statistics show. Compared to 2007, crime in the precinct is down 27.11percent, the police data shows. DiPaolo said that transit crimes have also fallen 9.4 percent of the year, and incidents at the precinct’s housing developments are also seeing a down trend, dropping 44 percent.

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