According to the New York Post, “snatch-and-run” thefts of iPhones and designer accoutrements like purses are on the rise in “trendy” Brooklyn neighborhoods including Park Slope. The 78th Precinct, which serves Park Slope, has reported a 32% uptick in this type of robberies. May be time to be vigilant and break out the black Sharpie.
Other neighborhoods: 76th Precinct, which includes Carroll Gardens and Red Hook, among other areas reported 124 robberies in 2011 vs. 100 in 2010. Victims include nightclubbers and restaurant patrons on Smith Street, straphangers at Carroll Street station, and Trader Joes/Fairway customers (and at least one Fairway employee).