NYPD Crime Statistics Announcement

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Overall Crime Down In NYC, But Rapes, Murders Up

July 10, 2018 - 2:23 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The NYPD crime statistics report for the first half of 2018 paints a mixed picture.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, overall crime continues to drop in the city. But rapes and murders have increased so far this year.

Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that halfway through 2018, crime is down overall nearly 2 percent in New York City.

“That makes this the lowest six-month period for overall crime in the modern era,” de Blasio said.

But while robberies, burglaries, grand larcenies, and even shootings were all down in the first months of 2018, a deadly, serious crime went up.

“Murder is up 8.1 percent citywide,” said NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan. “Through June 30th, there were 147 murders – or 11 more year-to-date, compared to 2017.”

Monahan also reported that citywide, rapes have increased just over 33 percent for the first six months of 2018.

But Monahan said the department is actually encouraged by those numbers, since rape is a highly underreported crime.