In 2021, almost every type of violent crime is on the rise in New York City. According to recent figures from Compstat, the NYPD’s data gathering unit, crime is up 30 percent city wide.
There has been a 78 percent increase in the number of robberies this year than this time last year. Cuomo, speaking on Wednesday, called it a ‘major problem’ and said unless the NYPD gets a handle on it soon, the city would become undesirable.
‘We have a major crime problem in New York City. Everything we just talked about, with the economy coming back, you know what the first step is? People have to feel safe.
‘We’re building new projects, stimulating new business – what comes before that is public safety, otherwise none of it works.
‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up. It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has said New Yorkers no longer feel safe amid a spike in crime that will hamper the city’s COVID recovery if it isn’t handled soon
He said that defunding the police – which Bill de Blasio agreed to last summer by taking $1bn from the NYPD budget amid pressure from BLM activists – was not the answer.
The NYPD was one of the most respected forces in the US. It is that relationship that has to be remedied, according to Governor Cuomo.
‘We provoked that and started it by saying every police department in the state had to go through a community-driven, collaborative to restore the relationship and reform public safety.’
‘Until you restore the trust and make the reforms necessary, we’re going to have this problem defund the police is not the answer. It basically means abolish the police.
‘That’s going to help? Gun violence is going up, all crimes going up and that’s going to help? No. It’s reform so that the community says – I now trust the relationship.
‘I am a lifelong New Yorker. I’ve seen this cycle over and over and over again I remember getting on a subway train and making sure there was no jewelry, making sure you weren’t wearing a chain.
‘In a station, you walked the station to find the officer and you stood next to the officer. That was real.
New York City police officers stand guard after a shooting incident in Times Square, New York, U.S., May 8, 2021
A man was slashed in the neck on the subway platform at the Union Square station on Tuesday afternoon. The incident was reported around 4 p.m. on the L train platform
‘Subways are cleaner than they’ve been, operating better – but they’re not as safe and people are afraid to take the train,’ he ranted.
Crime is up in almost every category since this time last year.
In the last 28 days, there have been 41 murders, 100 rapes, 1,051 robberies, 1,771 cases of felony assault, 839 burglaries, 2,630 cases of grand larceny and 854 cases of grand larceny auto.
In total in 2021, there have been 32,695 major crimes reported. There have been nearly 400 more major crimes reported this week in New York than there were in the same week last year – a surge in 30 percent.
Bill de Blasio says crimes has soared because the world was ‘turned on its head’ with COVID. He has also blamed a backlog in the court system for it, saying it means criminals are on the streets longer than they might have been before.
This is how crime in NYC compares from this time last year. Robberies, assault, murder and gun crime are all on the up
The NYPD lays the blame with de Blasio’s bail reform which has meant many more suspected criminals have been let out of jail early, or never put there in the first place.
Cuomo said on Wednesday that hiring more cops was not the answer, but defunding the police wasn’t either.
The NYPD lays the blame for the surge in crime with Mayor Bill de Blasio
He said it was down to restoring community trust in the police force. But he gave no further information or suggestions on how to achieve that.
The governor spoke amid a terrifying spike in incidents, during daylight hours, on New York’s streets and subways.
On Monday night, a commuter was stabbed in the chest on a subway train in Queens.
There have also been multiple stabbings in Union Square – one of Manhattan’s busiest subway stations – in recent weeks.
Shootings are happening as often as they did in the 1990s.
One standout incident was in Times Square earlier this month when a lone gunman, angry with his brother, shot four people in a rage then fled the scene.