Is Bushwick Safe? Crime in the Trending Brooklyn Neighborhood

As Bushwick becomes increasingly appealing to artists and young professionals, many people wonder about Bushwick Brooklyn safety. Bushwick offers people not just affordable housing, but also a trending neighborhood with popular restaurants, bars, art galleries. With subway lines like the L, M, J and Z it is also a convenient option for Manhattan and Brooklyn offices. 

Here are a few statistics and tips to determine if Bushwick is safe:


Crime Rates

The following statistics are provided by the New York Police Department from a May 2017 report. As a comparison, we’ve included Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Astoria, Queens; and East Village, Manhattan. Keep in mind that these are crimes that are reported to the police and that these neighborhoods vary in population. 


Murder: In 2016, there were 2 murder complaints.

  • Williamsburg: 0
  • Astoria: 0
  • East Village: 0


Rape: In 2016, there were 3 rape complaints.

  • Williamsburg: 0
  • Astoria: 0
  • East Village: 1


Robbery: In 2016, 26 robberies have been reported.

  • Williamsburg: 5
  • Astoria: 3
  • East Village: 2


Fel. Assault: In 2016, 15 felony assaults were reported.

  • Williamsburg: 7
  • Astoria: 4
  • East Village: 2


Burglary: In 2016, 21 burglaries have been reported.

  • Williamsburg: 1
  • Astoria: 7
  • East Village: 1


Grand Larceny: In 2016, 41 general larcenies (theft of personal property) were reported.

  • Williamsburg: 10
  • Astoria: 12
  • East Village: 14


G.LA: In 2016, 6 grand larceny auto complaints were reported

  • Williamsburg: 4
  • Astoria: 8
  • East Village: 0


In Summary: Is Bushwick safe?

In summary, yes Bushwick has higher crime rates when compared to 2016 Williamsburg, Astoria or East Village. However, crime rates have generally decreased 4.46% since 2010 and 72.98% since 1993. It will be interesting to see how crime rates will change in the future, as Bushwick is in the beginning stages of gentrification. But of course, your decision may rest in your individual apartment rather than the neighborhood as a whole.


Important Reminders

When choosing a new apartment in any neighborhood, here are some things to consider to improve your safety. After all, there are good and bad people everywhere. You can also visit the NYPD Crime Prevention webpage for additional advice. 

  • Choose a brightly lit street, preferably with 24-hour shops and nearby subways to keep foot traffic prevalent.
  • Consider the safety of your building features. Do you see any security cameras? What are your doors made out of? How do visitors buzz in – while doormen are uncommon in Bushwick, is there a voice or video system?
  • Befriend local shops and neighbors so people will keep an eye on you and notice if anything seems out of the ordinary.
  • Use common sense. Avoid being alone late at night and always be alert when walking around.


Jason Nichols

Walking, talking and apartment shopping like a New Yorker.