Crime in NYC down overall but homicides, shootings increase: officials

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- As the year winds down, Mayor Bill de Blasio and newly sworn in NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea discussed the crime numbers during a press conference Thursday at the New Settlement Community Center in the Bronx.

Overall, index crime remains down in 2019 with an overall 1.3 percent decrease from 2018. 

But officials said they will continue to be focused on addressing the uptick.

"As cops, we are unwavering in our commitment to keep people safe. In a time where we see overall historic crime lows, our officers are zeroing in on the small number of people causing crime to ensure this security is felt citywide," said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. "We have a lot more work ahead to address persistent crime conditions and the men and women of the police department will continue to rise to the challenge while working closely with those we are sworn to serve."

For the first time since 2017, the city will end the year with over 300 homicides as the NYPD faces a double-digit uptick in murders.In 2019, the city saw a nine percent increase in killings and had investigated 299 of them by the end of November, as opposed to th 275 during the same time frame in 2018. 

"It’s simply not acceptable," Mayor de Blasio said. “Let me me clear: Everyone’s doing their job and everyone is digging deeper to get under the skin of this and address it, but we are not going to accept this situation."The number of shootings in the city also increased three percent, increasing to 720 from 696 in 2018.

As of Nov. 2019, rape, burglary, grand larceny, grand larceny auto, and overall transit crime are down for year-to-date, according to officials.

Officials also pointed out that here were a one percent decrease in rapes, a 10 percent reduction in burglaries as well as a drop in Housing and Transit crimes.

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