A recent jump in robberies has cops in Canarsie on alert.
According to recently released NYPD crime statistics, 23 robberies have taken place in the 69th Precinct over the last month. During the same time period, the precinct saw 14 robberies – 9 fewer than this year.
The disparity amounts to a 64 percent increase in area muggings, officials said.
While every case is diligently investigated, cops at the precinct said that a fair share of the robberies were considered teen−on−teen crimes. The victims are usually pushed and shoved for their iPhones, cell phones and other electronic items.
Captain Milt Marmara, the commanding officer of the 69th Precinct, told members of the 69th Precinct Community Council that he and his officers were already focusing on ways to bring the robbery numbers down – a feat that they might have already achieved.
Statistics show that between June 29 and July 5, just two robberies were reported – one fewer than the three reported the same time last year.
Despite the uptick in robberies, burglaries in Canarsie dropped by 38 percent over the last four weeks, from 21 last year to 13.
Car thefts also dropped – by just over 11 percent, statistics show.
Captain Marmara said that the crime drops are the result of the dedicated, talented police officers who patrol the neighborhood every day.
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