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NYPD: 2019 crime stats on record pace

Murders, robberies and major crime down in boro; rapes, shootings up

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Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:21 pm, Thu Jul 11, 2019.

Overall crime statistics are down in both the city and Queens for the first half of 2019, though both police officials and Mayor de Blasio said Monday that the record numbers still require unending vigilance.

“We, the NYPD, and all New Yorkers can’t ever take this progress for granted,” Commissioner James O’Neill said at a press conference in Manhattan. “There’s still a lot of work to be done here and in every borough throughout the city.”

In a text of the press conference issued by de Blasio’s office, O’Neill said citywide year-to-date shootings are up about seven percent over the first six months of 2018, but that they have been focusing on violent hot spots.

But every other major crime has seen a reduction in the first six months of this year, led by a 13.5 percent drop in murders, from 156 last year to 135 this year through June 30.

“I’ll remind everyone that this historic crime low New York City sees today, it’s absolutely not promised for tomorrow,” O’Neill said.

“Right now after six months the safest big city in America is even safer,” de Blasio said.

Chief of Department Terence Monahan spoke of numbers unimaginable even a few years go.

“Overall citywide crime for the first six months of the year is down 5.4 percent — that’s 2,470 less crimes compared to the first six months of 2018,” Monahan said. “The NYPD has accomplished these reductions while also making 14 percent fewer arrests compared to last year. That’s approximately 17,300 fewer arrests. These historic reductions also extend to several specific crime categories for this six-month period.”

Monahan put the 21 fewer murders into historical perspective.

“For context, just 10 years ago, there were 206 murders for the six-month period, 34 percent more than this year,” he said. Other categories with record lows year-to-date include robbery, down 6.8 percent, burglary, down 13.4, and grand larceny auto, down 9.5.

Also down citywide are rape (2 percent), felonious assault (1.9) and grand larceny (4).

“I am concerned with the amount of shootings that have been occurring in this city,” Monahan said. “Shooting incidents are up for the first six months of 2019, versus 2018. There have been 361 shooting incidents compared to 337 in 2018. That’s 24 more incidents than last year, or an increase of 7.0 percent.”

The chief did add that the figure still represents the third-lowest number of shootings for a six-month period since CompStat began in 1994 and the third year in a row that the city has seen fewer than 400 shootings for the six-month period.

“Prior to 2016, we had never been under 400 incidences for this time period, and there were 545 shooting incidents for the first six months of 2015,” Monahan said.

He added that 51 percent of all shootings citywide, or 185, have been gang-related; 37 of the shooters who have been identified are on parole or probation; and that 54 of the victims are on parole or probation.

Transit crime, Monahan said, is up 9.8 percent, leading the NYPD to start its summertime All Out deployment of an additional 200 officers early this year.

Major crimes in city housing properties were level at 422 through June.

Major crimes in Queens are following similar trends.

Through July 7, there have been a combined 27 murders in the 16 NYPD precincts as opposed to 29 for the first six months of 2018.

The NYPD divides Queens up between Patrol Borough Queens North (108th, 109th, 110th, 111th, 112th, 114th and 115th precincts) and Queens South (100th, 101st, 102nd, 103rd, 104th, 105th, 106th, 107th and 113th precincts).

Through June 30, there were 190 reported rapes, up from 181 a year ago.

The shooting statistics were not as drastic. There have been 57 shooting incidents as opposed to 54 a year ago, but there has been one less shooting victim, with 69 as opposed to 70.

Robberies in the borough have dropped steeply, down to 1,025 from last year’s total of 1,256.

Auto thefts also have dropped noticeably, from 671 at the half-year point last year to 646 this year.

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