Best place to get murdered, raped, or robbed in the city (2008)

East New York, Brooklyn

Where else but East New York, Brooklyn? The birthplace of Murder Inc., the neighborhood is perennially the city's leader in violent crimes. But this year, East New York's 75th Precinct is the early contender for a dubious grand slam, leading the city in all four violent-crime categories: murders, rapes, robberies, and felonious assaults. The five-square-mile swath on the Queens border only contains about 6 percent of the borough's population, but this year it has been home to more than 21 percent of the violent crimes in Brooklyn. The 14 percent spike in murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults in the precinct in 2006 comes despite a much ballyhooed anti-crime strategy, "Operation Trident," in which East New York was split into three patrol sectors last year with three sets of supervisors and more cops assigned to the precinct. On the positive side, auto thefts are down almost 9 percent thus far. So when you get shot or yoked over the head during a mugging, at least you'll be able to drive yourself to Brookdale.


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