Homicides in the city have surged by 14% so far in 2019, the NYPD said Monday.
There have been 52 murders this year compared to 38 through the end of February 2018, officials said.
The increase was driven by a 50% spike in the month of February — with 24 homicides last month compared to 16 in February 2018.
“With crime at a record low in New York City, there is still more work to do to ensure that every New Yorker feels safe in their neighborhood,” de Blasio said. “I have full confidence that the NYPD will stop this recent surge in its tracks and make our city safer.”
Much of the increase was driven by the 10 precincts that comprise the Brooklyn North NYPD command.The shooting numbers in Brooklyn North are also troubling, with 22 people shot, compared to 13 last year, a rise of 69%.
There have been four murders in Bedford-Stuyvesant’s 79th Precinct this year, compared to a single killing last year at this time. And in East New York’s 75th Precinct there have been three murders compared to zero during the same period last year.
Transit crime spiked by 5.6% in February compared to the same month in 2018, NYPD figures showed. Crime in public housing was up 4% in the same period.
Rapes were up 18.8%, with 285 reported so far this year compared to 240 in the same period in 2018
Hate crimes, meanwhile, rose by 40.4% — to 66 to date compared to 47 to date in 2018. Cops have made 33 arrests in those 66 incidents.
The stats were revealed during a press conference at NYPD headquarters in Lower Manhattan notable for what wasn’t on display for the first time in at least several months — a blue and white sign that reads “Safest Big City in America.”
In its place was a smaller sign that was far less boastful: “Deepening Our Commitment.”
A press released noted that overall major crime declined 10.8% last month compared to February 2018.
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and Mayor de Blasio announced a five-point plan to address the spike in homicides in parts of the city, which will include sending more cops to those areas.
Four precincts — the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights, the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx’s Soundview, the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and the 113th Precinct in Jamaica, Queens, will get at least eight more cops each.
Another focus is on domestic violence homicides. In 2018, there were 27 shootings and 19 murders linked to domestic violence. So far in 2019, there has not been a domestic violence murder using a gun.
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