As crime in the Big Apple continues to climb an upward slope, data released by City Hall on Thursday goes to show that New York City has seen a spike in murders over the last year, coupled with more than a 50% surge in cases of gang violence.
In a shocking new release by the NYPD, data has revealed that more than 350 New Yorkers lost their lives to murder in 2020, which is a rapid increase of almost 27 percent. Observations made by the Mayor’s Management Report show a major increase in burglaries, which stand at 2,176 more than last year.
Mostly a bearer of bad news, the report granted some relief in the arena of major felonies, which saw just a smidge of increase compared to 2019.
Due to a probable effect of the coronavirus pandemic, other major felonies including forcible rape and grand larceny declined by 17 percent and 8 percent, respectively, according to the report. Seeing the same effect in school crimes, especially since schools across the city were closed since March, felonies reported at these institutions decreased by 36 percent. Streets also appeared more secure than they did last year, a 6 percent drop in pedestrian and bicyclist deaths.
Another effect of the outbreak, both DWI arrests and fatalities caused by drivers under the influence declined, by 33 percent and 15 percent respectively. “The legislative mandates and governmental guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in fewer vehicles on the roadways, contributing to the decline of moving violation summonses by 27 percent,” the report said.
This being considered, the report suggested, a whopping spike of 52 percent in gang-related incidents which the NYPD claimed was due to the force’s “capacity to more accurately identify incidents as gang-related.”
In a win for the Department, Narcotic-related arrests continued to decrease, by 36.7 percent, “in line with the NYPD’s prioritization of felony-level narcotics arrests of higher-level organized distributors,” as the report states.
Although the report skipped instances of gun violence, which have ceased to decline despite the pandemic, at least 1,000 cases of gunplay have been tallied by the NYPD since Jan. 1, in an earlier report.