The 77th Precinct will have more patrol officers on foot blanketing the area of Prospect Heights and Crown Heights in response to the sudden uptick in violence, reports the Prospect Heights Patch (1).
Community affairs officer for the precinct, Tanya Salters, told Patch “the Department has increased patrols.” This includes more officers on foot. But Prospect Heights and Crown Heights is a big slice of territory; getting officers out and about in the area will only be effective if they happen to be in the right place at the right time.
NYPD is also stepping up “impact nights,” where officers “make a special effort to be visible on the streets of the neighborhood.” The Precinct Captain even has the jurisdiction to expand the impact zone if observed conditions warrant it.
This recent rise in violence is duly noted. “33 assaults in the 77th precinct” for the four weeks preceding October 3. That adds up to a 106% increase over the same period last year. There were also 3 murders over a similar time period when in 2009 there were no murders. During the same four week period there was a 55% overall increase in assaults while auto theft fell significantly.
So the lesson appears to be guard your person more than you guard your car. But you knew that already.