safest for all crime


Photo: Tiphanie Colon-Lamontanaro

90th/94th precinct / population 173,083

First came the hipsters, then came the strollers. As the uber-cool neighborhood of Williamsburg has rapidly reinvented itself over the past two decades, violent crime has plummeted 71 percent from 1993 to 2010 in the 90th and 94th Precincts, which cover this north Brooklyn neighborhood.

But the area's major crime rate ticked up by 5 percent in 2010, and stubbornly high property crime rates left the hipster haven at a disappointing 47th safest for per capita crime in DNAinfo.com's Crime & Safety Report ranking of 69 neighborhoods citywide.

In the late 1990s violent crime plunged, with murders declining by a remarkable 91 percent in the 90th Precinct from 1993 to 2010. This improvement has held steady, and Williamsburg ranked 10th safest for murder in 2010, with just two murders in the 90th precinct and none in the 94th. Williamsburg ranks 35th safest for violent crimes, with 46 instances per 10,000 residents.

Luxury condo developments have brought young families and prosperous professionals into Williamsburg, while rising rents sent struggling creative types fleeing farther afield, mainly to neighboring Bushwick and nearby Bed-Stuy.

Still, the area remains a hot spot for burglaries, car thefts and other property crimes. Robberies shot up 14 percent and car thefts rocketed by 20 percent in 2010.

Grand larceny was also up in 2010, by 3 percent; and it had declined by only 11 percent from 1993 to 2010, perhaps indicating that criminals were being lured by the neighborhood's newfound wealth. There were 46 grand larcenies per 10,000 residents in 2010.

Williamsburg is ranked a problematic 54th for property crimes, with 106 of these crimes — burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto — per 10,000 residents.