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New Data: Surge in Major Crimes Continues in NYC; 36% Rise This Year

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By: Benyamin Davidsons

New data from the NYPD shows that major crimes are up 36 percent so far this year, despite the fact that shootings and murders are both down about 10% as of Sunday.  “The politicians will say ‘Murder is down!’ and ignore everything else,” said Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD sergeant and adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.  “Meanwhile, everything else is God awful.”

As reported by the NY Post, there were 30,205 reported cases of grand larceny up from 20,374, indicating a disturbing 48.3% increase.  Auto theft jumped 42%, with 7,939 reported incidents, up from 5,589. Robbery soared 39.8%, with 10,294 incidents up from 7,366 over the same period in 2021, the new NYPD statistics shows. Felonious assaults were up 19.5%, with 15,640 reported incidents, up from 13,086. Rapes are up 10%, rising from 892 to 989, as per the police data.

Thankfully, the data shows murders were down 8.1%, dropping to 261 from 284.  The number of people shot also declined modestly to 1020 from 1101, indicating a 7.4% drop. The number of shooting incidents fell 10.1%, with 843 incidents reported overall, down from 938, as per the NYPD data.  “Usually, during these really hot times, you end up with more violence,” Giacologne said. “Maybe it was too hot. But everything else is going off.”  He also noted that shootings and homicides were up in 2021, so the modest declines are less noteworthy.  Compared to the same time frame five years ago, murders are now up 48.5%, and they are up 2% in comparison with two years ago. Shooting victims and shooting incidents similarly deteriorated in those time frames.  “We’ve probably lost two decades-worth of crime reductions, and that’s the real shame,” Giacalone said. “All those years of hard work by the Police Department is all gone in one year.”

“Give it time,” another cop with more than two decades on the job told the Post.  He said thanks to the lenient bail reform laws any current gains by the department will be lost . “They’re letting bad guys go home. There’s zero consequences for their actions.” Last week, during a news conference, Mayor Eric Adams unveiled statistics showing that more than 80 percent of people arrested for gun possession this year, have already been released from custody.  “How do you take a gun law seriously when the overwhelming numbers are back on the streets after carrying a gun?” Adams fumed.

Moreover, it’s not just NYC where crime is up.  State figures also show more crime.  As per the Post, in Rochester statistics show that fatal shootings were up 26.1% this year through June 30, compared to the same period in 2021.  Plus there have been five more gun deaths since then in July.  In Syracuse, shootings were up close to 23%.  Smaller cities like Troy and Binghamton saw whopping increases in shootings of 100% and 80%, respectively. “Bail reform is terrible and it has made the criminals too confident — they are laughing at the police,” said Allie Forest, 42, of Rochester, who recently buried her 16-year-old daughter, Zahira Smith, who was fatally shot at a friend’s Sweet 16 birthday party.  “If politicians like Gov. [Kathy] Hochul lived on the dangerous streets we do, we wouldn’t have bail reform.”

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