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Mon Apr 5, 2010
Joseph Runfola answered:
Brooklyn’s crime statistics for the first quarter are looking none too good. Three months into the new decade felonies are way up, the Daily News reports, with almost 70 percent of Brooklyn police precincts seeing an increases in robberies, burglaries, grand larceny or auto theft of twenty percent or more. Last week Mayor Bloomberg blamed rising city crime rates on budget cuts. Some of the steepest increases were observed in Sunset Park/Windsor Terrace where burglaries were up 120 percent from 25 to 55 and around Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill, where they climbed 104 percent. Rapes and homicides were a growing concern in some neighborhoods, including Clinton Hill. ... more
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Tue Mar 2, 2010
David Rogoff and Bonnie Chernin answered:
Ubeda,

We agree with Nirmala's answer below. And in addition to the nyc police dept. site you can visit http://www.neighborhoodscout.com. You type in city and state and then you can choose distance (I would do a 5 mile radius within Brooklyn). On the map you can select the neighborhood down to the block level and there is a list on the left and you can click there.

Any neighborhood can be unsafe when traveling alone at night so it's always important to be wary and carry a cell.

Bonnie Chernin & David Rogoff
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Wed Sep 3, 2008
Amina answered:
It really depends on your block - I live on Lenox Road, which is a block away from SUNY Downstate, in a good building and I feel perfectly safe, but then again, I'm a life-long Brooklynite - a lot of things don't really faze me. I think it really depends on your comfort level. On a scale of 1 to 10, with ten being the safest, I would say it's a 6 --- t's not Park Slope or Manhattan but it's not exactly Crenshaw either. ... more
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Sun Jul 13, 2008
Michael Corley answered:
Hi Michelle,

Crime in emerging neighborhoods in New York City have always been deliberately skewed in its reporting.

I've always marveled at the under reporting of crime that occurs in predominately white neighborhoods, as the impression given to the general public is that violent crime occurs disproportionately in neighborhoods of color.

My only advice is that you should visit a restaurant in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn called TINY CUP, on Clifton and Nostrand. It happens to be the meeting spot for a thriving artist community of white resident transplants from super expensive neighborhoods. And they are happy to be there and have embraced the community, as well as the community has embraced them.

The precinct that offered their opinion on the criminality of that community will always see it through one lense ONLY, because its their job. The majority of this city's police officers live on Staten Island or Long Island, having very little engagement with the community outside of the narrow scope of their jobs.

I've lived on a block in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for 11 years and there has been a white family on this block since the 1930's who have embraced the community throughout its transition from a predominate jewish neighborhood to a majority african / carribean american population.

I wish you well in your decision and encourage you to make it according to YOUR criteria, not by those who don't live, shop, eat, play or contribute to the community.

Michael Corley
V.P., Sales and Marketing
Corley Realty Group Inc.

www.CorleyRE.com
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Sun Mar 23, 2008
Jim Winters answered:
Hi Christian,

Here's a short list:

Brooklyn Heights
Cobble Hill
Carrol Gardens
Park Slope
Windsor Terrace
Prospect Heights

Keep in mind that these things are always subjective. Bottom line: you should walk around a few of these areas during the day light hours. If you feel safe, then your OK, if you don't then the neighborhood is not for you. For more information and directions, have a look at the Trulia Neighborhood guides. They're fantastic.

Good Luck,

Jim
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Mon Mar 10, 2008
Jim Winters answered:
Hi Samantha,

The neighborhoods you named aren't really very close to Prospect Park. Below are a few neighborhoods near the Park and more affordable then Park Slope.

Windsor Terrace
Prospect Heights
Carroll Gardens
Gowanus
Ditmas Park
Greenwood Heights
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Crown Heights
Prospect Park South

Those neighborhoods are loosely listed by safety (safer neighborhoods at the top), but keep in mind these things are always subjective. Bottom line: you should walk around a few of these areas during the day light hours. If you feel safe, then your OK, if you don't then the neighborhood is not for you. For more information and directions, have a look at the Trulia Neighborhood guides. They're fantastic.

Good Luck,

Jim
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Michele answered:
East Flatbush is not safe.I really cant afford a safer place right now.And dont believe the NYPD numbers about lower crime rates.When my car was stolen they tried to talk me out of filing a police report.The police officer told me "your not going to get it back anyway so why are you wasting your time making a report" ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Sal Cappi answered:
Statistically, Carroll Gardens has one of the lowest crime rates in NYC
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Kenneth Spooner answered:
We have seen a statistical drop in nearly every category throughout the city in the last 10 years, making Brooklyn a great place both culturally and academically to raise a family.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Sonni Woodbury answered:
NYC is experiencing its lowest levels of crime in many years. As a Kensington resident, I feel the neighborhood is quite safe - I walk constantly, and there is a really nice family quality that is visible within the neighborhood. ... more
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