Brooklyn DA: 2017 was safest year since record-keeping began

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Brooklyn has never been safer, according to an analysis by the borough's district attorney office.

Days before being sworn in, newly elected and current acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says the borough is in the middle of something big.

"What we've been calling...the Brooklyn miracle," Gonzalez says, referring to low crime rates almost across the board.

Murders are down 14 percent, and shootings and their resulting victims are down about 30 percent from the previous year -- all at their lowest levels since record-keeping began.

The seven major felonies making up total index crime were down 5 percent. Arrests were down, too, with about 7,000 fewer arrests than last year, making for an 8.5 percent drop.

Gonzalez says a targeted approach keeps criminals off the streets, all the while being wary of the public's perception of law enforcement.

"In order for us to continue these record-breaking safety numbers, we have to make sure we don't lose the confidence of our communities," Gonzalez says.

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