Stephan, Home Buyer in San Francisco, CA

Is crime an issue in Bedford - Stuyvesant?

Asked by Stephan, San Francisco, CA Mon Apr 23, 2007

How safe is it or does it feel to walk around? And, is this the case across the city, or are there differences in different areas?

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Igor G.’s answer
Bedford Stuyvesant is a large neighborhood. Take a close look at the map and you will see that Bed Stuy is outlined by the A line in the south, G line in the north-west and J line in the north-east. Generally speaking, safer areas are located in the vicinity (4 - 5 blocks) of the train lines. Property values do reflect that. Properties in the middle of Bed Stuy are less desirable for the same reason.

And yes, I live in Bed Stuy myself. :)
Web Reference: http://housebrooklyn.com
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 28, 2013
It's still a problem, but the neighborhood is changing quickly. In big neighborhood going by the blocks. some really good and some not really. Should check before.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 19, 2012
Brooklyn Ink just wrote an interesting article pertaining to this question, check this link;
http://thebrooklynink.com/2011/12/07/38609-in-bed-stuy-loss-…
Web Reference: http://www.clovelake.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 7, 2011
Crime is an issue everywhere. Here is what the New York City Police Department reports regarding the major crimes in the area; http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_statistics/…
Web Reference: http://www.clovelake.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 19, 2011
I have been buying and selling homes in Bed Stuy for the past 15 years and my experiance is that is in a very safe for most of the blocks there. For more info. Advice and to view homes in Bed Stuy and Bushwick call me at 718-880-2170 or visit me at PrimeHomesNY.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 15, 2011
I visited there maybe 7 years ago. Across the street from where I was staying, previous to my arrival a New Year's party got out of hand and 6 people got whacked. On 2 consecutive nights, I heard gunshots. I told my hostess what I heard and said I was surprised that I didn't hear sirens. She said the police don't come into this area, they just throw the bodies into the alley and that is the end of it. She then showed me how her bed was positioned in the room so she didn't get hit by gunfire from the street. I was the only white guy I saw in the area for my week stay. God protected me the first time, there won't be a second.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 14, 2011
This is the most intelligent response i have viewed so far. You stated, "God protected me the first time, there won't be a second." I must agree that you re very smart for not wanting to visit a second time.... I just don't understand why people want to move in an area where they need to be afraid to walk day or night? I would just stay where i am;granted, people have the right to live where they please. Some of us can't go to certain areas within, or even outside of New York without feeling uncomfortable. I reside in Bed Stuy, the new comers(white people) are really treated with respect. This is not the same treatment a African American receives if he or she relocates to Bensonhurst or even upstate NY. There is a plethora of postings and comments on safety issues while residing in Bed Stuy. Of course the Realtor will say all is okay because they want the commission. You must feel comfortable where u live. I would just stay where i'm at . Crime is everywhere;it just what's repo
Flag Tue Jul 31, 2012
There are ample online and print sources to make an reasonable assessment.

Attend local community board meetings (they sometimes invite the captain or other NYPD representative to discuss crime), read the local crime blotter sections in the local newspapers, speak to the staff of elected officials, talk to local businessmen and community leaders.

Best of all is to walk the neighborhood you are planning to move to day and night to determine how it feels to you which is most important.

Bonnie Chernin and David Rogoff
Fillmore Real Estate Branch #19
2926 Avenue J
Brooklyn NY 11210
917-593-4068 (David’s Cell)
646-318-5031 (Bonnie’s Cell)
davidrogoff@fillmore.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 11, 2011
WeLl I LIVe In BeDStuy It MigHT Not BE Dah BeSt Place to Be WalKinG arouNd BEaCUSer anytHiNg Can HaPpenDed In 2 miNutEs or ! BloCk nd Im Even KiNDA ScAReD 2 WalK doWN Dah StrEeytSz paSt 6:00
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 18, 2010
Hello Stephan,

I live on Lafayette and Nostrand and I'd say it's 50/50. It mostly depends on how you deal with it when you live here. I've never had a problem. But I certainly know people who have been held up at knifepoint in my neighborhood.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Dec 29, 2009
YES!!!!!! I LIVED IN BEDFORD STYVESANT IN PULASKI AND LEWIS PRACTICALLY ALL MY LIFE. WHEN I GOT MARRIED AND HAD MY CHILDREN I GOT OUT OF THERE FOR MY CHILDREN SAKE. THIS AREA IS FULL OF VIOLENCE, DRUGS, SEXUAL PREDATORS AND MORE. 90 PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS AREA ARE RUDE, MEAN AND DIRTY. IF YOU SAY GOOD MORNING TO SOMEONE OR HELLO THEY THOUGHT YOU WERE ABOUT TO ASK FOR SOMETHING. GOD PROTECTED ME FROM HARM WHILE I LIVED THERE. EVEN THOUGH I CONSTANTLY GOT "JUMPED" BY GROUPS OF GIRLS IN JHS 57 FOR NO REASON AND VERBALLY SEXUALLY HARRASED WHEN I WAS 10 YRS OLD AND UP BY THE BODEGA MEN IN THE CORNERS WHEN I USE TO GO GET MILK OR ANYTHING FOR MY MOM.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 13, 2009
Last year in the 81 precinct alone, which only covers the Eastern half of Bed-Stuy and a population of approx 62,000, there were 91 people shot. The majority of these shootings occurred in the Malcolm X and Bainbridge region. There were also a cluster of incidents in northeren region near the housing developments on Myrtle ave.

Also, just because the incidents are not in the news does not mean it didn't happen. For example, yesterday someone was shot on Decatur St and Stuyvesant Ave and yet it was not reported on.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 22, 2008
Hi Stephan, I don't live in the area, but I do have some advice. Prior to purchasing in any city, go to the Megan's law web site and also contact the local police to see how much crime is in the area.

Best of luck,

Dave Tapper
Burlingame Ca.
Web Reference: http://Teamtapper.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 19, 2008
Stephan,

Try contacting the local police department or county cheriffs department. They have access to the most up to date and accurate information and are normally helpful.

good luck,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 17, 2008
Although crime is much lower than it was 15 years ago, shootings and homicides are stil a concern in many parts of the community. In 2007 the two precincts that cover Bed-Stuy (the 79th and 81st) recorded a combined total of 38 homicides, up from 27 in 1998. The 2000 census claims that Bed-Stuy has a population of approx 143,000, which equates to a murder rate of over 26 per 100,000. Comparatively, according to the FBI the national murder rate is around 6 per 100,000.

Sources: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/pdf/lucds/bk3profile.pdf (NYC City Department of City Planning
http://home2.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime_prevention/crime_s… (NYPD Web Site)
http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/data/table_16.html (FBI)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 17, 2008
Hi Stephan,

Bedford Stuyvesant had a notorious reputation for criminality 25 years ago. Today, it is the fastest growing neighborhood in New York City, with new residential development second only to Harlem. In addition, the neighborhood's buzz has grown beyond its national borders with residents from Japan, Amsterdam, Germany and other parts of Europe and South America.

Bedford Stuyvesant is fast replacing Harlem as cultural epicenter in Brooklyn and the City as a whole.

Crime is a diminished legacy of this great neighborhood, far in its past.

I would suggest you visit the following web sites to get a more objective opinion, as my firm not only specializes in residential sales and leasing in Bedford Stuyvesant, its where I grew up and lived for the first 21 years fo my live.

Take a moment to visit http://www.bedstuyblog.com, http://www.CorleyRE.com and http://www.shopbedstuy.com to learn more about the neighborhood.
Web Reference: http://www.CorleyRE.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 8, 2008
This is a family-oriented neighborhood with many local neighborhood groups dedicated to keeping the areas safe.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 23, 2007
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