Crime in the big apple has been skyrocketing, seeing an overall rise of 31 percent since June of last year, with more than 11,000 incidents being recorded compared to 8,448 at the same time last year.
Shootings and murders have decreased 24 percent and 32 percent year-over-year, respectively, six out of the seven major crime incident categories have reached a 21-year high.
According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), there has been a 41 percent rise in grand larceny, 36 percent rise in robbery, and a 34 percent increase in burglary. All arrests have increased 26 percent since last year, another record-high.
Worryingly, incarceration conservation has dropped.
Police say that those committing crimes are frequent offenders.
“We’re arresting the same people over and over again,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said on Thursday.
Many of the criminals who are arrested for shootings are involved in other criminal activity prior to their shooting incidents.
NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael Lipetri said that 25 percent of burglary suspects and 20 percent of grand larceny suspects “go on to commit a new felony” within 60 days, according to Fox News. That marks a steep increase from five years ago, when that rate was 7 percent for burglary suspects and 6 percent for grand larceny suspects.
“Who are we arresting? The same people that we’ve been arresting for the past couple of years. Convicted felons or people who … already have an open felony,” Lipetri said on Thursday.
22 percent of all gun arrests involve a previously convicted felon, he noted, and 60 percent of gun arrests involve suspects with open felonies.
“You would think that those people would be incarcerated today. Well, they’re not. Only approximately 20% of all gun arrestees are incarcerated today. When we talk about our seven major arrests at a 21-year-high, the incarceration conservation rate is actually even lower than 20%. It’s approximately 18%. Those are individuals who walk around the streets of New York today,” he said.
“The Bronx made up 34% of shootings in the second quarter of 2022, Brooklyn made up 33%, Manhattan made up 16% and Queens made up 15%. Additionally, gang- or crew-related motives accounted for 40% of shootings in New York City last quarter. Narcotics and robbery-related motives accounted for a combined total of 18% of shootings,” reports Fox News. “While murders resulting from shootings decreased to 66%, murders resulting from stabbing incidents increased to 28%.”