According to Brooklyn’s acting District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez, 2016 ended as the safest year in Brooklyn’s history, with the fewest number of shootings and shooting victims, and the second-fewest number of homicides since record keeping began.
Gonzalez stated, “This historic achievement is a testament to the hard work and cooperation between the District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD and our joint crime reduction initiatives, including focus on specific individuals who drive crime, long-term gang investigations and targeting of firearm traffickers. While these year-end statistics are encouraging, more needs to be done and I remain committed to making Brooklyn an even safer and better place for all of its residents.”
In addition, the Total Index Crime in Brooklyn (representing the seven major felony crimes) is down 9.5% compared to last year, with decreases in all categories except felony assault (1.1% uptick). Significantly, burglaries were down 25% and robberies were down 14.4% compared to 2015.