NYPD: April sees 28.5% drop in major crime index; upticks in other areas

New York City saw an overall 28.5% decrease in its major crime index when compared to the same period last year, the NYPD announced Monday.

News 12 Staff

May 5, 2020, 11:39 PM

Updated 1,478 days ago

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New York City saw an overall 28.5% decrease in its major crime index when compared to the same period last year, the NYPD announced Monday.
According to the NYPD, crime fell in every borough, in the transit system and across public housing.
Here’s how the stats broke down:
  • Robberies - Down 26%
  • Felony assaults – Down 32%
  • Grand larcenies – Down 52%
  • Shooting incidents – Down 9.7%
Despite these reductions, the NYPD is reporting a 2.6% uptick in overall crimes for the first four months of 2020. It says there were increases for the crimes of murder, auto theft and burglary. The burglary uptick was driven by a 169% increase in commercial burglary for April.
 The NYPD outlined some key takeaways from April’s stats:
  • Reported domestic violence crime for April is down -35% (658 v. 1,012), compared to the same period last year, while year-to-date domestic violence crime is down -8.5% (3,511 v. 3,839) through April 30. Domestic violence crime is down in every category except murder, which is up +75% (7 v. 4) for the month and is up +4.8% (22 v. 21) year-to-date through April 30.
  • Arrests in domestic violence crimes are down -40.7% (2,440 v. 4,115) for April 2020 compared with the same period last year.
  • There were 56 citywide shooting incidents in April 2020, compared to 62 shooting incidents in April 2019, a 9.7% decrease. Year-to-date, through April 30, there is a +5.2% uptick in citywide shooting incidents (223 v. 212).
  • Burglary increased +31.6% (1090 v. 828) in April and is up +28.9% (4,208 v. 3,256) year-to-date through Aril 30. Citywide commercial burglaries increased 169% (564 v. 210) during that same period.
  • For the month of April, rape decreased by -55.2% (65 v. 145). Rape continues to be underreported. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, please come forward. The NYPD Special Victims Division's 24-hour hotline is 212-267-RAPE (7273).
  • Year-to-date, through May 3, citywide hate crimes declined -47% (102 v. 149).
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