The 75th Precinct in Brooklyn had 56 rapes, down from 80 the year before.But even as the number of rapes reached a record high in the 115th Precinct, the number of murders dropped to three, the lowest level in decades, the figures revealed, in an area estimated to be populated by nearly 200,000 people.Police attributed the increased number of sexual assaults to an increase in reporting by victims of violent crime, a law enforcement official said.Rapes, which fell from 39 in 1990 to 22 in 1998 in the 115th Precinct, have risen sharply since then. Sexual assaults in other precincts in the borough rose as well. Rape climbed from 31 last year to 41 in the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst and rose from 10 last year to 25 in the 108th, which covers Woodside and Sunnyside.
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