Well, the year is nearly half over, and it’s time to do a bit of handicapping of the city’s crime statistics. In general, some sections of the city are experiencing a spike in assaults, and a rash of economic crimes–burglaries and grand larcenies, mainly.
Overall, citywide crime, according to the NYPD, is down very slightly, by just over 1 percent. Rape and assaults are up citywide, but the other “major crime” categories are all down.
In Manhattan, crime is down in nine of the 10 precincts from 59th Street south. Could that be because the NYPD constantly pulls cops from precincts in the outer boroughs to bolster the numbers in tourist-heavy places like lower Manhattan and Midtown? Just asking.
Crime in Central Park, another high profile precinct, is down 51 percent over the same period last year. Central Park also benefits from a larger police presence.
Above 59th Street, crime is down in 10 of 12 precincts. Only the 30th and 34th, both at the northern end of Manhattan, showed significant increases.
Speaking of the 34th, which spans Washington Heights and Inwood, there have been five murders, compared to 1 last year. Both assaults and economic offenses are up substantially in that area, contributing to a 13 percent spike in crime.
Brooklyn appears to be in worse shape. In the southern section of Brooklyn, crime is up in seven of 13 precincts, including the 69th Precinct, where crime is up 11 percent fueled by spikes in assaults and grand larcenies.
And in north Brooklyn, crime is up in 6 of 10 precincts, with the 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant leading the way with a spike of 13.4 percent. There, economic crime–burglaries and grand larcenies–appears to be the cause.
Precincts in Crown Heights (robberies and grand larcenies), Brownsville (robberies and burglaries) and Brooklyn Heights (assaults, burglaries and grand larcenies) all show close to 10 percent increases in crime.
In southern Queens, crime is up in five of eight precincts, two having the largest percent increases in the city. Rockaway’s 100th Precinct, which includes middle class residential enclaves and some public housing, has seen a 25 percent jump, largely because of a 130 percent increase in burglaries.
South Jamaica’s 113th Precinct is experiencing an 18 percent spike, fueled by robberies, assaults and burglaries.
In northern Queens, things seem somewhat better, though the 112th Precinct in the middle class areas of Forest Hills and Rego Park has seen a 12 percent jump.
Crime is also up significantly in all three of Staten Island’s precincts–by 8.5 percent in the 120th and 123rd precincts, and by 13 percent in the 122nd Precinct. Once again, the numbers indicate that the increases are largely because of economic crimes,
And, in the Bronx, things aren’t so bad. Crime is up, only slightly, in four of the 12 precincts in the borough.
But don’t take our word for it. You can view all the crime statistics for yourself here: