New York City arguably became safer in January after the overall crime rate declined almost 8% versus the same month last year, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).
Mayor Bill De Blasio said that the “strong start” to this year allowed the city to maintain a smaller crime rate during 2017 when homicide cases fell to their lowest number since 1951.
A patrol vehicle with a tow light bar that roamed the streets, security checkpoints and other law enforcement initiatives can be attributed to the fewer number of crimes. The NYPD recorded a drop in assault, burglary and robbery cases last month compared to the same period in 2017, according to the Dermot Shea, NYPD chief of crime control strategies.
The city’s murder rate served as the highlight after falling almost 17% to 20 cases, down by four incidents year over year. Crimes in public transportation such as subways also became fewer, although the police department logged an increase in Brooklyn and Manhattan. NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said that they intend to place more police officers on these areas to prevent a further rise in crime.
Rape cases have remained an issue in New York City, up 5.6% to 113 incidents from 107 cases in the year-ago period. However, Shea said that the increase occurred partly due to rapes being reported more than five years since those took place, as more people filed complaints after recent media coverage of sex crimes.
Violent crime also continued to be a problem in the Bronx, since 47% of all shooting incidents in the city take place in the borough.
New York City’s overall crime rate for January can be perceived either in a negative or positive light. Do you feel safe about living in the city so far this year?