The latest crime data from NYPD has shown that New Yorkers’ chances of getting killed by strangers grew sharply in 2021, and show no sign of slowing down in 2022.
Based on the NYPD data 26 people were killed by strangers last year which is 5.3% of the 488 homicides counted by the police.
The number is higher than the 14 recorded in 2020 out of 438 homicide cases.
The data from NYPD also shows that from 2016 to 2021, the 133 people killed on New York streets by people they don’t know made up 6.1% of all homicide victims.
At the moment, at least seven people were killed by strangers in a spate of disturbing homicides.
Among the prominent killing caused by strangers this year is the death of Michelle Go, who was shoved into the path of a Times Square subway on Jan. 15, and Christina Lee, who was followed into her Chinatown apartment building and stabbed to death by a homeless man on Feb. 13.