NYPD: Crime overall is down across NYC -- except for shootings

Sonia Rincon
July 08, 2019 - 6:40 pm

Sonia Rincon

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD on Monday announced that crime across the board in NYC is down -- in fact, it's a new record-breaking low for the first half of any year -- but there's one category that experienced an uptick: shootings. 

The NYPD said the year-to-date index crime is down by almost 2,500 complaints, a nearly 5.5% decrease.

Shooting incidents for June, however, were are up 27.1 percent and year-to-date shootings are up 7.1 percent.

At a press conference Monday, while citing the increase in shootings, NYPD Chief Terence Monahan mentioned that in Brooklyn, penalties are perhaps not as stiff as they should be for gun offenses. 

"That is still the third fewest shootings for a 6-month period since ComStat began," Monahan said at the press conference. 

"We are still seeing pleas that result in little or no jail time," Monahan said, referring to offenders in Brooklyn.

Meanwhile, there have been just 135 murders reported since the beginning of the year — narrowly edging out a record low 136 reported murders for the same time period in 2017.