NYPD: Overall Index Crime Continues To Decline In New York City

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New York – The NYPD announced today that index crime declined in August, 2019, and is down by more than 2,000 complaints year-to-date, or about -4.0%.

The department continues to address violence and the increase in shootings through precision policing, and other targeted deployments, gun takedowns and close collaboration with the District Attorneys on firearms cases.

“New York City continues to see crime reductions, and that’s due to the dedication, professionalism and hard work of the members of the NYPD in partnership with the communities they serve,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “Together we’re laser-focused on violent crime, and that’s put us in a positon where we can address crime conditions and make the city even safer.”

“New York City police officers continue to earn their title as the best in the world,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Thanks to their hard work and the trust they continue to build with the community they serve, crime is down this month. That means more people stayed safe, more families stay whole, and New York City remains the safest big city in America.”

Key highlights from this month’s crime statistics include:

  • A -2.1% reduction in index crime in August 2019 (8,775) compared to August 2018 (8,963).
  • Murder in August 2019 (31) increased +6.9% compared to August 2018 (29). Year-to-date, murder is down -3.8%.
  • Year-to-Date reductions in every major index crime category, except Felony Assault, which saw a +0.2% increase.
  • Transit crime -11.3% in August 2019 (205) compared to August 2018 (231).
  • Hate Crimes increased by +41%, year-to-date. Hate Crime arrests increased by +25%, year-to-date.
  • Rape in August 2019 (155) decreased -7.7% compared to August 2018 (168).Year-to-date rape is down -1.8%. Rape continues to be underreported. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, please come forward. The NYPD’s Special Victims Division 24-hour hotline is 212-267-RAPE (7273).
  • In addition, the NYPD changed the CompStat sheet in August to include Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Rape as well as Other Sex Crimes. The NYPD has always tracked and vigorously investigated sex assaults. This victim-centered change aligns the CompStat sheet with nationwide reporting practices and makes it more transparent. For the month of August, compared to last year, UCR Rape is 227 versus 230 (-1.3%), and Other Sex Crimes is 478 versus 490 (-2.4%).

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