Crime on the rise?

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NYPD officers responding to robbery involved in shootout in Chelsea​

- Police officers got into a shootout while responding to a robbery in Chelsea early Friday morning.
It happened at 2:50 a.m. on West 21st Street at Sixth Avenue.
Plainclothes officers who were wearing NYPD windbreakers were working inside Club Doux when a bouncer told them a robbery was taking place in front of the club.
When the officers went outside and tried to intervene, police said the suspects fired at them.
The officers returned fire. No one was struck.

Two suspects fled in a silver Audi Sedan last seen heading westbound on West 21st Street, towards Seventh Avenue.
The suspects were generally described as wearing black hoodies.
Police found shell casings outside the nightclub.
It happened at the same location where a man was shot and a police cruiser struck by gunfire last week, on July 18.
West 21st Street was closed Friday morning between Fifth and Sixth avenues for the investigation, as was Sixth Avenue at 20th Street.

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New York City crime rates see staggering 30.5% increase in July​

As the heat continues to rise, so does the rate of crime in New York City.
According to NYPD statistics, crime in New York City increased by 30.5%, with 11,619 crimes in July 2022 compared to 8,906 in July 2021. Almost every category of crime increased last month, with the exception of rape, which decreased from 149 last year to 142 in July 2022 — a 4.7% decrease. The NYPD acknowledges that rape continues to be underreported.
Last month, the number of murders increased year-over-over from 35 in July 2021 to 47 in July 2022, a 34.3% change.
The number of grand larcenies saw a huge 40.6% spike from 3,262 crimes in July 2021 to 4,588 crimes in July 2022, and burglaries rose 25.6% from 1,055 in July 2021 to 1,325 in July 2022. Robberies saw a 37.2% increase compared to July 2021 (1,730 last month compared to 1,261 in 2021).

Auto theft incidents increased from 995 in July 2021 to 1,256 in July 2022, a 26.2% increase, while felony assaults increased from 2,149 crimes in July 2021 to 2,531 in July 2022, a 17.8% spike.

Hate crimes also saw a 50% increase year-over-year, with 54 crimes reported in July 2022 compared to 34 in July 2021. Hate crimes against the Jewish community saw the biggest spike, rising from 7 crimes reported in July 2021 to 15 in July 2022, a 114% increase.
“We know that any crime increase in our city is wholly unacceptable,” said Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. “Everyone who lives, works, and visits here deserves to be safe, and the members of the NYPD will tolerate nothing less – but we cannot do it alone. When violent criminals are willing to carry illegal guns on our streets and brazenly shoot at innocent people, they must face real consequences. And when rampant, revolving-door recidivism erodes the public’s trust in the criminal justice system, we must make efforts to refocus that system on what matters most: the victims. All of us need to be pulling in the same direction, so that we can best deliver on the public-safety promise we make to every New Yorker, every day.”

Despite the rise in crime this month, the NYPD states that there has been an 8.7% decrease in the number of shootings year-to-date, with 63 fewer shooting victims throughout the first seven months of 2022 compared to the same period last year. The department also notes that murders year to date are down 4.2% through the end of July 2022.

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Major crime continues to surge in NYC, up 36% this year: new police data
The latest NYPD figures show major crime remains up 36% so far this year – even though shootings and murders both saw a dip of 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.”

Grand larceny was up a whopping 48.3%, from 20,374 to 30,205 incidents, auto theft rose 42%, from 5,589 to 7,939, and robbery jumped 39.8%, from 7,366 to 10,294, over the same period in 2021, the data show.

Rapes increased 10%, from 892 to 989, and felonious asasults were up 19.5%, from 13,086 to 15,640, the statistics show.

Meanwhile, murders were down 8.1%, from 284 to 261, the number of people shot dropped 7.4%, from 1,101 to 1,020, and the number of shooting incidents fell 10.1%, from 938 to 843, according to 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.”
Data on NYC crime
According to NYPD data, major crimes in New York City are up 36% so far this year.

He pointed out that shootings and homicides were up in 2021. making the decrease less noteworthy.

The data also show that murders so far this year were up 2% over the same period two years ago and 48.5% over the same period five years ago. The number of shooting victims and incidents also saw increases over those periods.

“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.”
The number of murders dropped 8.1% and the number of people shot went down 7.4% so far this year, according to the NYPD figures.

A police officer with more than two decades on the job said any current gains by the department are likely to be erased.

“Give it time,” the cop said. “They’re letting bad guys go home. There’s zero consequences for their actions.”