Violent crime and shootings don't seem to be stopping anytime soon, as NYPD statistics show a 37% increase in major crimes citywide.
So far Mayor Eric Adams' controversial initiatives have done little to slow crime rates in New York. Interestingly, two new components added involve the resurrection of two legacy programs: the re-creation of the anti-gun unit and a return to "Broken Windows" policing.
The overall jump this year is largely driven by steep increases in vehicle thefts, robberies, grand larcenies and burglaries, police said.
Four People Per Day Shot in NYC
Shooting incidents rose as much as 16.2% in March 2019 and so far this year, 332 shooting victims have been reported by the NYPD - an increase of 14.5% when compared to the same period in 2021 and an average of 4 people shot per day, which data proves.
The recent increase in shootings has occurred during some of the coldest months of the year. Gun violence usually goes down in these months, and police expect it to get worse as time passes and violence rises come summertime.
Did you catch that? City government, which normally downplays negative news, is actually telling people to get ready for violence to rise as summer approaches.
Data just released by Mayor Adams reveals that he garnered a significant share of the vote on the promise he’d bring safety and order back to NY. Despite those efforts, crime levels continue to rise in comparison to pre-Pandemic levels. Crime hasn't returned to the terrible levels seen in the 1980s, but they are still at their highest level in five years.
Compared to the pre-pandemic 2019, March 2022 has seen an increase in thefts, shootings, grand larceny, and assaults. Robberies have gone up 37%.
The NYPD has created an anti-gun team designed to reduce street crime and shootings. Ironically, It is based on the old anti-crime unit that was disbanded.
"In just three weeks, the new crime-fighting program has yielded 135 arrests. However, only 19% of these were firearm-related or 25 gun-toting suspects," said Chief Ken Corey, head of the NYPD's Chief of Department.
This is going to be an extremely tough situation for New York City to turn around. City is also facing dire economic pressures and is one of the areas seeing the largest migration of high net worth taxpayers to more favorable states.
In the meantime citizens need to do everything they can to protect themselves against criminals who have been emboldened and will continue to take advantage of the social, cultural, and political fracturing that is going on in our societies.