NEW YORK — New York’s soul-crushing crime surge continued to accompany the soul-crushing COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, as homicides and shootings continued properly above pre-pandemic ranges of 2019, NYPD end-of-year information reveals.
By the time the ball dropped in Times Square on Dec. 31, the NYPD had investigated 485 murders in 2021 — 17 greater than the 468 reported in 2020. The uptick was a 3% improve over 2020 and a large 52% soar from pre-pandemic ranges in 2019, when 318 murders occurred.
Shootings had been additionally up in 2021. Cops counted 1,562 shooting incidents throughout the 5 boroughs final 12 months, 30 greater than in 2020.
The hardest hit borough was the Bronx, which accounted for 32% of the town’s shootings. As of Dec. 26, some 503 shootings had been reported in the Bronx, 120 greater than in 2020. As of Dec. 26, the Bronx noticed a 35% soar in homicides, from 108 to 146, officers stated.
Upper Manhattan was additionally underneath a cloud of gun smoke in 2021, with 224 shootings by means of Dec. 26 — 48 greater than a 12 months earlier.
It wasn’t instantly clear what number of triggers had been truly pulled final 12 months.
In addition to shooting incidents in which somebody was struck, police monitor cases in which a gun was fired however nobody was hit by means of the ShotSpotter detection system. The NYPD, which has offered these statistics in the previous, declined repeated requests by the Daily News for such info for 2021.
Police additionally noticed will increase in rapes, robberies, assaults and automotive thefts all year long. As of Dec. 26 general crime was up by 6%, from 94,916 to 100,730.
The variety of burglaries throughout the town, nonetheless, has fallen by about 18%, not too long ago revealed statistics present.
Exact tallies had been nonetheless being tabulated Saturday.
New York’s new prime cop vowed to deliver down crime — with the group’s assist.
“Today we are beginning the next chapter of policing in New York City and we are calling on every New Yorker to join us in our efforts to drive crime out of every one of our communities,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell stated in a tweeted video.
“As your police department, we can only do our job effectively and efficiently when we do it with you.
NYPD cops, she said, were “as passionate as they are committed to public safety.”
“It is my pledge that we will work with you every step of the way on our path for a safer New York City,” she stated. “It’s a way forward we must walk together and we start today.”
Most of the violence Sewell and her division should sort out is being dedicated by warring avenue gangs, police officers say.
Shootings started skyrocketing in the town throughout the summer season of 2020, culminating in a horrific July 4 weekend in which 41 folks had been shot, 9 fatally, in at some point. The violence continued by means of the start of 2021, however started to abate barely.
In July 2021, a 12 months after the surge in violence started, ex-Police Commissioner Dermot Shea reported a 35% drop in shootings, though the month ended with a violent gang-fueled Queens massacre that wounded 10 folks.
“(It’s) progress, that is exactly how I would categorize that, but it’s still way too high,” Shea advised NY1 on the time, noting that gun arrests in the town had been at an all-time excessive. After about 4 months of reductions, shootings ramped up once more in the autumn.
Shea, who left workplace Friday, typically in 2021 blamed the uptick in violence and crime to bail reform legal guidelines that had been enacted on the finish of 2019, though advocates typically blasted Shea’s perception.
(With Rocco Parascandola)
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