NYPD: Homicides Jump 9% In NYC, Overall Crime Declines

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December 05, 2019 - 4:32 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — As 2019 winds down, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea say New York remained one of the safest big cities in America, but crime did increase during the year.

The NYPD’s crime report found a significant uptick in several major categories in comparison to 2018. Most notably, the city saw a double-digit uptick in murders.

The numbers for robberies and felony assaults also have increased by nearly 2% year over year.

“We are very focused on the challenge of homicide. Year-to-date, we are up 22 homicides,” said Mayor de Blasio. “That's simply not acceptable. I want it to be clear.”

The mayor did note that overall crime in the city continued to drop, but added when it comes to homicides, we are not going to accept this situation.

By the end of November, the police department investigated 299 killings. The same time last year, the NYPD investigated 275.

Newly appointed NYPD Commissioner Shea said he was not happy with the numbers but vowed to do better.

“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,” he said.

The way the numbers are trending, it’s likely 2019 by the first year since 2017 that the city saw over 300 murders in one year.