FORT GREENE — Major crimes dropped 6.5 percent in the 88th Precinct in 2013 — including a large decrease in the number of burglaries that reversed the trend from the year before, Deputy Inspector Scott Henderson announced.
"Last year we had a phenomenal year as far as crime reduction in the 88th Precinct," Henderson told those present at Tuesday night's precinct community council meeting. "We ended the year down by 6.5 percent in major crimes."
In all, there were 76 fewer incidents of major crime — murder, rape, robbery, auto theft, burglary, major theft and reported in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill in 2013, with the largest drop coming in the number of reported burglaries — down 30 percent from from 209 to 146.
"The year before  we had a serious problem with burglaries in this community," he said.
"We were up 65 percent from the year before, so to be able to turn that around and end up with less homes burglarized. I think that was very significant."
The number of murders in the area dropped from from 14 in 2012 to 11 in 2013, Henderson said. And robberies fell 16 percent — from 276 to 218, he added.