PMFA reported today that the 76th Police Precinct commander confirmed there has been a “significant increase in robberies” in the area covered by the Precinct, which includes Gowanus.
Over the last 28 day period, there were “16 incidents of robberies reported” compared to only 4 during the same period in 2009.
A large portion of the incidents apparently took place in the “immediate vicinity” of the Gowanus and Red Hook housing developments and, according to the commander, are attributed to a “city wide trend of young people committing robberies.”
We had actually noted a similar increase in other precincts just last week, which makes one wonder what is behind this seeming crime wave.
Thankfully, perhaps, these incidents typically involve “young people committing strong arm” robberies, which means using physical force without weapons.
The precinct indicates that part of its “reduction strategy” will be to “vigorously patrol the areas” where these incidents take place. They also ask that individuals in these areas take simple precautions of their own, including being aware of surroundings, reporting suspicious activity to 911, and not leaving property unattended.
For the full press release, read here.