Crime Down But Murders Up Last Month In NYC

March 05, 2019 - 11:39 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Homicides in New York City spiked during the first two months of 2019, the NYPD said Monday. Though, overall crime in the five boroughs was down for the month of February.

The department announced in its monthly crime-stats briefing that there were 24 murders in February 2019, compared to just 16 a year before.

Still, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill has maintained that the murder spike was a minor uptick during a historically safe time for New York City.

The department notes that overall crime in the city was down for the first two months of 2019 as compared to 2018.

Though, rape was up close to 19 percent in New York.

Police say there are four problem spots: Washington Heights, Soundview, Bed-Stuy, and Rochdale. They believe crimes in those areas are driven by gang activity and gun violence.

Chief of Department Terry Monahan says they will be stepping up patrols and enforcement efforts to combat the statistic.

“Beginning immediately, we will be sending at least eight additional officers from other precincts around those boroughs to each of these commands,” Monahan said.

Overall, crime has been down 8 percent year over year.