Police sources are blaming the small rise in crime in January compared to last year on the frigid weather bringing criminals indoors, and out of the NYPD’s sight.
“Cops are limited to what they can do when criminal behavior happens in private residences and behind closed doors,” said one police source. “We get calls about disputes, but that’s often after the fact.”
Police are asking people to be extra vigilant about situations they may overhear with neighbors or family members.
Some have blamed the reduction in stop and frisks for the rise in crime, but other police sources noted the number of murders committed with weapons other than guns and committed indoors has been high.
While the number of murders is up compared to the first four weeks of 2013, the number of shootings has dropped. Many of the city’s murder victims were stabbed, including a woman and her two children in Jamaica on Jan. 19. Ten days later, two women were killed in East Elmhurst with a hammer.
Both occurred in private residences.