Brooklyn Leads City In Total Murders, Crown Heights #1


brooklyn-bridgeBrooklyn remains the city’s bloodiest borough – accounting for about 38% of last year’s murders, NYPD statistics released Friday show.

In delivering an analysis of last year’s homicides, the NYPD revealed that there have been 136 murders this year – a reduction of 20% from the same period last year. But shootings are up 6% this year.

Of the 515 homicides last year, about 196 occurred in Brooklyn, mostly in a cluster of neighborhoods that include Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and East New York.

The borough’s numbers are down slightly from 2010, when Brooklyn topped the charts with 42% of the city’s 536 murders.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Thursday that a host of tactics – including a partnership with local clergy to host gun buyback programs – has been used to combat crime in the borough.

“Due in part to this relationship, murders in Brooklyn North fell by 13% last year, more than three times the citywide rate of decline,” Kelly said.

The Bronx logged about 29% of last year’s murders – slightly less than Manhattan and Queens combined, the report shows. Only 3% of the slayings were committed on Staten Island.

The report also shows a significant racial disparity in the killings.

About 62% of all victims were black, although that demographic makes up about 23% of the city’s population, the report shows.

About 38% of murder victims were black men between 16 and 37 years old, the stats show.

The records also show that nearly 75% of all victims had prior arrests and about 11% were confirmed gang members.

One in five homicide victims were women, 54% of them killed in domestic violence incidents, stats show.

{NY Daily News/ Newscenter}


  1. I have heard many times that these issues are related to the fact that the indigent and the gang issues are not being dealt with. However, someone in Crown Heights said that their new police commissioner is dealing with it pro-actively.

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