New York – According to the latest NYPD data, murders and shootings in New York City continue to decline, although overall crime is up from the same time a year ago.
Murders fell 22% in September 2021 compared to the same month last year, from 59 murders to 46. Shooting for the month from September 2020 fell by almost 9% from 150 to 136.
But felony-level attacks increased by nearly 19% (from 1,802 to 2,135) and robberies by 6% (from 1,199 to 1,271) last month compared to a year earlier.
Notably, hate crimes have more than doubled so far in 2021 (from 209 to 424) compared to the same period in 2020. Hate crimes targeting Asians have more than quadrupled from 25 September 2020 to 117 so far this year.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea credited thousands of officers in the department for their “difficult and often dangerous work”.
“And while I applaud their courage and perseverance, the police cannot do this alone. Public safety must be a collective mission,” Shea said. “It requires intelligence-based policing, but it also requires a fully functioning court system and meaningful outcomes that send a clear message to those who will pull a trigger: expect to be caught. , and expected to be held accountable.”
The NYPD said police made 393 arrests for illegal firearms last month, bringing the total to 3,425 so far. This is about 21% more than the 2,832 gun arrests made till September 2020.
Police said a 14.9% reduction in thefts was observed from September 2021 (1,123) as compared to September 2020 (1,320).
Statistics on Index Crimes in New York City. (NYPD Table)
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The NYPD noted that so-called index crime in New York City increased by 2.6% in September 2021 compared to September 2020 (9,430 versus 9,187), but has remained nearly flat so far this year (down 0.2%). Index crimes include murder, rape, robbery, felony, theft, grand theft and auto theft.
The department said in a news release that the police are conducting several long-term campaigns to curb violent crime.
“By focusing on the drivers of the violence, these removals are precision-policing at work,” the NYPD said. “They are part of a larger, broader strategy to reduce gun violence in New York City that also includes: working with community partners, addressing local concerns, and implementing intelligence-driven plans.”