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94th Precinct Deputy Inspector Dennis Fulton is optimistic about an autumn where crime is down and arrests have been made after several burglaries and robberies in Williamsburg.

Williamsburg, north of Metropolitan Avenue, has seen a slight increase in burglaries from 181 this year to 175 in 2008 over the same period, though most other major categories have decreased.Felony assaults are down 10.8 percent (58 this year compared with 65 last year), robberies dropped 9.1 percent (90 this year compared with 99 in 2008), grand larcenies are slightly down 2.7 percent (22 this year compared with 28 last year, and auto thefts decreased by 19.7 percent (8 in 2009 compared with 17 in 2008).

At a 94th Precinct Community Council meeting held at the precinct (807 Manhattan Ave.), Fulton detailed eight high profile burglaries and robberies that occurred within the past month, including a burglary arrest when a suspect broke into a commercial establishment on 520 Morgan Avenue on October 1, an apartment break-in on October 3, and an arrest involving a car break-in where three suspects were apprehended at 3 a.m. just over one week ago.

“We arrested three individuals, and one of the suspects, a female, was used as a lookout,” said Fulton.“It’s very hard to make an arrest like that.For these perps, this is what they do.As soon as we arrested the individuals there were a lot fewer car break-ins in the neighborho­od.”

Fulton said that his precinct has been responsive to other concerns, though not major crimes, involving kvagrancy, illegal vending, and graffiti that have been raised by neighborhood residents.He noted that police officers arrested six graffiti writers for graffiti incidents in the 94th Precinct, mostly off Bedford and Kent avenues in Williamsburg.Fulton was careful to distinguish between unwelcome graffiti tags on buildings and storefronts and commissioned murals such as the India Street Mural Project.According to Fulton, none of the graffiti arrests were gang related.

At the past two precinct meetings, several licensed vendors approached Fulton urging his officers to crack down on unlicensed vendors.In response, officers issued nine summonses vendors, which satisfied local resident and clothing vendor Phyllis Mascia.

“You’re doing an excellent job.The street has been cleaned up immensely,” said Mascia.“We’re very grateful.”

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