At a Nov. 3 press convention, Mayor de Blasio counseled the efforts of “the finest police force in the United States” in addition to work on the group stage to show again gun violence and murders in October — but the statistics for the month confirmed a troubling surge in different crimes.
The mayor’s feedback adopted the discharge of the October 2021 Citywide Crime Statistics, exhibiting the lower of murders, shootings and overall crime throughout the town over the previous 12 months.
“In this city, real change is happening. We’ve got more to do for sure but real change is happening,” the mayor stated. “It’s about precision policing, it’s about neighborhood policing, these approaches work.”
NYPD statistics confirmed that that murders and shootings had been down by 9.8% (37 in 2021 vs. 41 in 2020) and 4.4% (129 in 2021 vs. 135 in 2020) respectively. The stats additionally confirmed that the variety of shootings victims fell by 11%.
“Contrast that to what we’re seeing nationwide and it’s very sad to say, nationwide murders [are] up substantially. Sixteen percent in major cities across the country — Chicago, LA, Philadelphia, Houston — unfortunately we’re seeing murder rates go up, we’re seeing more crime,” de Blasio stated.
De Blasio credited the town’s eight borough instructions with bringing main crime indicators, particularly shootings, near the place they had been earlier than the pandemic in 2019.
Information confirmed that there have been 445 shootings in Brooklyn in 2021 in comparison with 557 final 12 months, for a 20 p.c discount. Since Could, de Blasio highlighted that the Brooklyn South space is nearer to 2019 capturing ranges and Brooklyn North shootings are down in comparison with 2020.
In Queens, each the north and south sectors skilled a discount in shootings, with 198 shootings this 12 months in comparison with 204 final 12 months.
Staten Island skilled an identical discount in shootings, with 30 reported in 2021 in comparison with 33 final 12 months.
The info additionally confirmed that Manhattan, significantly in the north, and the Bronx had capturing will increase during the last 12 months. Manhattan shootings had been reportedly up 220 in 2021 in comparison with 175 final 12 months, for a 26 p.c improve, whereas the Bronx skilled a 31% improve, with 431 shootings in 2021 in comparison with 328 in 2020.
“There’s some things we’ve seen since the start of the summer in June where we were up over 200 shooting year to date,” stated NYPD Chief of Division Rodney Harrison. “Now we’re only up 23 shootings compared to last year and the decrease is due to the great work by the Summer All Out of our officers, stronger connections with the community as well as precision policing into our most problematic gangs.”
To additional help in precision policing, Harrison stated that the NYPD was focusing their consideration on communities experiencing elevated violence.
“Even though the Bronx is still struggling, [it’s] the only borough in the city that has over 1,000 gun arrests year to date. That is an increase of 22 percent compared to last year,” Rodney stated. “To help combat youth-related crimes, the youth coordination officers in the Bronx have made connections with 150 [at-risk] youth for the month of October.”
Harrison inspired New Yorkers to attend native Construct the Block conferences to assist out with group policing. He reported that there have been 274 conferences through the previous three months, which helped to determine and handle points inside the group.
Assaults, robberies had been sky excessive
But past the shootings, the NYPD reported a troubling uptick in overall main felonies (murder, rape, theft, felony assault, housebreaking, grand larceny and auto theft) throughout October 2021 — with greater than 10,000 such crimes reported for the interval.
The spike was largely fueled by huge will increase in robberies (up 15.8%), felony assault (greater than 2,100 instances in October, a 13.8% leap from the earlier 12 months) and grand larcenies (greater than 4,100 instances, up 18.6% year-over-year).
Although he praised his division’s efforts to battle crime, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea hinted, as he has accomplished earlier than, that extra have to be accomplished to maintain criminals behind bars.
“While their devotion to service is commendable, effective crime fighting is predicated upon a collaborative effort from all aspects of the criminal justice landscape – as well as society as a whole,” Shea stated. “Additionally, our brave officers’ work must be reinforced by meaningful consequences that send a consequential message to those who find themselves on the path toward criminality.”
With reporting by Robert Pozarycki