Four rapes—the second highest number in Brooklyn—were reported in the 67th Precinct in June, which covers East Flatbush. Police say that rapes increase as the weather gets warmer.UPDATE: As Mike Conklin pointed out in the comments below, the original image used to accompany this story was grossly inappropriate and represents a grave error in judgment on the part of Mr. Stewart. Although the pace of daily blogging is such that there's very little in-the-moment editorial oversight, a mistake like this should never happen. I apologize on behalf of The L Magazine for this misguided attempt to inject irony into such a devastatingly serious story.
Two of the sexual assaults occurred in the part of Crown Heights bordering Prospect Heights, which realtors notoriously attempted to redub "Pro-Cro." "As brightly lit restaurants sprout and 20-somethings move in," the Paper writes, "neighborhood newbies must navigate an area that jumps from trendy to scary in in just a few blocks." Geez, that's a loaded sentence.
Anyway, police recommend women stay aware of their surroundings—and off cell phones—and mix-up their routes from the subway to home. One longtime local told the paper that the best defense was a dog. "Get yourself a dog?" asks one commenter. "No way honey. Get yourself a gun!"
"Cases involving family and friends are more difficult to prevent," the paper reports, "but it helps to keep alcohol out of the picture."