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For two seasons so far, crime continues to decline in the 84th Precinct.

Since January, crime has dropped 15.4 percent, according the latest police statistics show.

The decline in the 84th, which encompasses Brooklyn Heights, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO is happening “at a greater pace than most precincts,” said Captain Alan Abel, the commanding officer of the precinct.

Compared to 2007, burglaries are down 7.5 percent; robberies fell 5.2 percent; assaults dropped 45.4 percent; and grand larcenies are down 11.4, police statistics show.

There have been no rapes reported yet this year, and no murders.

Car thefts are up slightly, by 5.5 percent.

Overall, there were 379 incidents reported this year compared to 448 in 2007, for the period ending May 18, police statistics show.

In a 28-day period ending May 18, major crime is down even steeper: 25.9 percent.

Abel noted that crime in the Farragut housing development is down 14 percent and that in the subways and buses that roll through the precinct, it has dropped over 24 percent so far this year.

“We are very pleased with the results of our plans and actions.”

At the 84th Precinct Community Council’s May meeting, not everyone was pleased.

Several residents of the Farragut Houses complained of rough treatment by cops patrolling the area. “Why are your detectives so disrespectful?” one woman asked.

Abel said he can’t comment on every situation, as “a lot of factors” go into each case.

But he said the housing development has made great strides. “I worked that area in 1991. It’s a lot safer now,” he said.

He said he has assigned more cops to the housing development specifically to root out “people who want to do bad.”

“Are there police officers that act in way we don’t want them to? Absolutely,” the top cop said.

He said complaints could be made to the precinct or through the Civilian Complaint Review Board, but insisted that bad apples are a minority.

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