New York City has seen levels of gun violence “never seen in years” with shootings in November up more than 112% from same period last year, latest police department figures show from New York.
The NYPD released the latest crime statistics, showing that in November alone, the NYPD reported 115 city-wide shootings, up from just 51 in the same month in 2019.
The figures also show that there has been a 22.2% increase so far in the number of people arrested for gun crimes in 2020, compared to the same period last year.
In the first 11 months of this year, the NYPD arrested 3,793 people for gun crimes – an increase from 3,104 people from the previous year.
The rise in gun violence in New York City since June appears to coincide with the NYPD’s decision to disband its plainclothes anti-crime unit.
The move came amid close scrutiny of the tactics used against protesters after George Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis.
NYPD’s Crime Tracking Program CompStat shows how shootings have increased this year compared to 2019. The increase in gun violence in New York City since June appears to coincide with the NYPD’s decision to disband its anti-crime unit in civil.
In all of 2020, the NYPD recorded more than 1,400 city-wide shootings – almost double the amount for the same period in 2019
The last time the NYPD recorded so many shootings in a year was in 2006, when there had been 1,427 incidents.
In 2020, there were 1,412 shootings in the five boroughs, nearly double the number of last year (721), the NYPD said.
Most worrying is the increase in the number of homicides both in November and throughout 2020.
Over the past month, 28 people have been murdered in the city – five more than the total number killed in November 2019, according to the NYPD.
In the first 11 months of 2020, there were 422 murder victims in the city, a 38.4% increase from last year, when there were 305 victims.
NYPD statistics also show that November saw an increase in the number of reported rape incidents (122 this year compared to 118 in November 2019) and burglary (1,303 in 2020 compared to 922 in November 2019).
The good news is that there has been a slight decline in the number of reported incidents of robbery, assault and robbery.
So far in 2020, 1,315 rapes have been reported across the city – a drop from 1,660 at the same time last year.
The city has also seen an increase in the number of auto thefts. According to the NYPD, there were 8,217 incidents of major auto theft, a large increase from more than 4,900 in 2019.
NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea announced in June that the department would disband its plainclothes anti-crime unit – which focused on removing illegal guns from the streets.
Its 600 officers were to be reassigned to tasks such as detective work and neighborhood police.
The unit’s officers had been accused of using excessive force and the unit was involved in some of the city’s most notorious shootings.
In the first 11 months of 2020, there were 422 murder victims in the city, a 38.4% increase from last year, when there were 305 victims. According to NYPD’s CompStat, the last time the city saw so many murders was in 2011, when the NYPD reported 474 homicides. The previous year, there had been 495 homicides
The biggest spike in homicides occurred in the months immediately following George Floyd’s murder by police on May 25 in Minneapolis. The incident sparked nationwide unrest in major cities across the country, including New York
NYPD reports this year saw a slight increase in the number of burglaries compared to last year
On the bright side, there has been no marked increase in the number of city-wide robberies, according to the NYPD
The head of one of the city’s largest police unions criticized the move, saying it would make New York City less safe.
“Anti-Crime’s mission was to protect New Yorkers by proactively preventing crime, especially gun violence,” Pat Lynch of the Police Benevolent Association said in a statement at the time.
“The shootings and killings are steadily increasing, but the leaders of our cities have made it clear that proactive policing is no longer a priority. They chose this strategy.
“They will have to reckon with the consequences.
Also in June, the New York City Council voted to cut the New York Police Department’s $ 6 billion budget for the next fiscal year by $ 1 billion.
The cuts would include overtime, the number of employees through attrition and the devolution of ministry responsibilities, according to a joint statement from the board.
New York Police Department officers are seen above investigating a shooting in the South Bronx on November 22. According to the latest NYPD statistics, there were a total of 115 city-wide shootings in November – a jump of 112% from the same period last year.
While crime is on the rise in 2020, levels of violent crime are still much lower than they were in the early 1990s.
According to NYPD’s CompStat, the last time the city saw so many murders was in 2011, when the NYPD reported 474 homicides. The previous year there had been 495 homicides.
Figures from CompStat show that the murder rate is expected to quadruple to reach 1993 levels, when 1,543 homicides were recorded in the five districts.
The same goes for the number of shooting incidents. There have been more than 1,400 shootings in the city this year, a big increase from last year when there were only 720.
The last time the NYPD recorded these numerous shootings in a year was in 2006, with 1,427 incidents.
However, this year’s grim figure is still significantly lower than the 4,903 shootings recorded in 1993.
The combination of a spike in violent crime and the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to an exodus of New Yorkers. The image above shows a moving van in New York City on September 12
“Whatever the challenge, our NYPD officers have been innovative and determined to get the job done this year,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.
“Our work to reinvent the kind of policing New Yorkers deserve is constantly evolving, in keeping with our agency’s best traditions to reflect the needs of everyone in our city.
This year, the coronavirus pandemic has posed an unprecedented challenge for the city.
Restaurants, museums, theaters, sports and other attractions have had to close their doors as tourism, another key economic driver for the city, is all but crippled.
Many of those who saw their jobs disappear left the city altogether while those with means who continued to work from home moved to the suburbs where they could enjoy more space while avoiding sky-high housing costs. from New York.
Data obtained by the New York Post from the US Postal Service revealed that New Yorkers have indeed left the city in a continuing mass exodus spurred by the ongoing pandemic and rising crime.
The Post reports that New Yorkers filed 295,103 change of address requests from March 1 to October 31 – but the total number leaving is likely much higher.
When the city was the epicenter of the pandemic from March to July, there were 244,895 address changes, reports The Post.
That’s 143,553 – or more than double – than the 101,342 applications filed in the same period last year.
According to experts who are monitoring the city’s changing demographics, economic stress, confusion over schools and the crime rate have contributed to the pandemic.
“The main reason people are leaving the city is uncertainty about the end of the pandemic and how quickly New York’s economy will recover,” said Kathryn Wylde, partnership manager for the city of. New York, at the Post.
“Over half a million city dwellers who were employed in retail, restaurant and service industries have lost their jobs and cannot afford city rents. .
“The late decision to reopen public and private schools has forced many families to relocate in order to meet enrollment deadlines in the districts where they lived during the pandemic.
Postal data obtained by The Post showed that a large chunk of New Yorkers simply moved across the road to New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester County.
New York City has recorded more than 302,000 cases and 24,300 deaths.