The murder rate in New York City is up 27 percent and gang violence is up more than 50 percent in 2020, while the Big Apple continues to be rocked by a growing crime wave.
Poignant new NYPD data released Thursday night in the 2020 Mayor’s Management Report revealed that as many as 352 New Yorkers were murdered in fiscal year 2020 – 74 more deaths compared to 2019.
The biggest spike in crime was for gang-motivated incidents, which skyrocketed 52 percent from the previous year.
While the City Hall report attributes this particular rise to the NYPD “ improving its ability to more accurately identify incidents as gang-related, ” the findings come at a time when drive-by shootings and firearms crimes are becoming more common in the city.
Overall, the number of serious crimes increased slightly by 1 percent compared to the previous year.
The homicide rate in New York City is up 27 percent in 2020, and gang violence is up more than 50 percent in 2020. Pictured NYPD police at a Sept. 5 crime scene where people were killed in a shooting at J’ouvert festivities in Brooklyn
The number of burglaries in the Big Apple is also up 20 percent and major car theft by 30 percent.
There was good news, while other major crimes declined between the two years.
Forced rape was down 17 percent, major theft by 8 percent and DWI arrests by 33 percent.
Meanwhile, narcotics arrests are down 36.7 percent as a result of repression of “ higher-tier organized distributors ” in the city, the report said.
Crime also dropped in the city’s schools, with 35 percent fewer serious crimes and 36 percent for other criminal categories compared to 2019.
However, this is likely related to the closure of schools in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Juvenile arrests for serious crimes also increased by 54 percent – according to the mayor’s report on the gradual enactment of the Raise the Age law.
Poignant new NYPD data released Thursday night in Mayor’s 2020 Management Report reveals that as many as 352 New Yorkers were murdered in fiscal year 2020. Photo Mayor Bill de Blasio whose office released the report
NYC CRIME IN FISCAL YEAR 2020 COMPARED TO FISCAL YEAR 2019
- Murder + 27%
- Incidents motivated by gangs + 52%
- Major crimes + 1%
- Burglaries + 20%
- Major theft of cars + 30%
- Forced rape%
- Major theft -8%
- DWI arrests -33%
- Narcotics arrests -36.7%
- Major crimes in schools -35%
The law stipulated that 16-year-olds were classified as minors in the criminal justice system from 1 October 2018 and as 17-year-olds from 1 October 2019.
The 2019 report covered only nine months that included 16-year-olds, while the data for 2020 covered a full year of both 16- and 17-year-olds in the numbers.
The report praised the NYPD for staying operational ‘at all levels’ during the pandemic, despite what it described as ‘significant hardship’.
The Department went on to tackle criminal activity, terrorism threats in New York City, manage traffic control and ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists, and provide a safe environment for New Yorkers using medical facilities and patronizing institutions for essential services, ”the report said.
The report does not contain specific data on shootings.
NYC has been rocked by an increase in gun violence in recent months, with as many as 1,095 shootings in the Big Apple since early 2020, according to separate NYPD data.
This represents an increase of 93.1 percent compared to the 567 shootings that took place around the same time last year.
Last Thursday, 17-year-old Kether Werts was shot dead in the Crotona neighborhood of the Bronx.
Meanwhile, on Sept. 8, a gunman opened fire in a Bronx Deli, shooting multiple times through the front window at a group of people outside who fired.
The biggest spike in crime was for gang-motivated incidents, which skyrocketed 52 percent from the previous year. NYPD agents respond to a crime in the city
Last Thursday, 17-year-old Kether Werts was shot dead in the Crotona neighborhood of the Bronx (photo)
One of the youngest victims of the shooting wave was 1-year-old baby Davell Gardner, who was killed on July 14 when gunshots were fired at a family gathering in Brooklyn.
The wave of violence has raised fears that the Big Apple harkens back to the dark days of the 1970s and 1980s, when crime and poverty were rife.
Tensions between Bill de Blasio and the NYPD have grown after the mayor cut $ 1 billion from the NYPD’s $ 6 billion budget in June.
The cuts came as calls to ‘defund’ police grew from Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of the Memorial Day ‘murder’ of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis, when shocking images subsequently circulated on social media of NYPD agents who were violent attackers to demand an end to police brutality and racism.
A video in early June saw a police cruiser deliberately rammed into a group of protesters in Brooklyn.
Another showed a cop pulling his gun and aiming it at peaceful protesters in Manhattan.