Latest NYPD crime statistics have shown a 31% rise in crime last month, as compared to June 2021.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell noted the rise and noted that most of these cases involved repeat offenders. A rise in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase. Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.
This being said, murders dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics. Last month 26 murders were committed while a year ago 38 murders were cited, the NYPD said. Shootings incidents are also down by 24.2% from year to year in June.
Sewell said during a Thursday press conference the department was arresting the same people for crimes over and over again. “We have to look at recidivists in a number of these offenses that keep getting out and committing the same crimes over and over again,” she said. “So while we are seeing some declines in homicides and shootings, we’re still focused on the felony assaults, the burglaries, and the other offenses as well.
But we are arresting the same people over and over again and we’re not gonna stop trying to make sure we put them in custody and making sure that they face the consequences for those actions.”
Sewell added while some criminal justice reforms were well-meaning, she wants more changes made following recent tweaks.