NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – New data released by City Hall shows murders and gang violence have risen significantly in New York City this year.
The latest crime stats show major felonies in the city are only up 1% year over year, but some felonies are way up, according to the Mayor’s Management Report released late Thursday.
Murder is up 27%, with 352 murders recorded this year, the data shows.
Burglaries are also up 20%, while grand larceny of autos spiked by 30%.
The number of gang-motivated incidents increased 52%. However, the reported notes the “NYPD has improved its capacity to more accurately identify incidents as gang related.”
Rape is down 17% and grand larceny is down 8%. Narcotics arrests are also down 36.7%—a trend that “is in line with the NYPD’s prioritization of felony level narcotics arrests of higher level organized distributors,” the report said.
Major felony incidents in schools decreased by 35%, and other criminal categories in schools decreased by 36% compared to last year. The report notes that schools have been closed since mid-March due to the pandemic.
With fewer vehicles on the roads amid the pandemic, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities decreased by 6%. Passenger and motorist fatalities increased by 1%.
DWI arrests also decreased 33% and DWI-related fatalities decreased by 15%.