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Major crime down in NYC, but rapes and homicides up

October 03, 2018 - 2:32 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The numbers are in: the NYPD says this past September had fewer major crimes than any September since CompStat was adopted in the mid-1990s.

At a press conference Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill revealed crimes including robbery, felony assault, burglary and grand larceny are all down from last year.

The report says there were 71,174 major crimes through September -- 734 fewer than last year.

"When you look overall crime is down 1 percent compared to last year, and last year was the all-time record year," de Blasio said. 

Shootings were also down, from 79 in September 2017 to 70 last month. There were 601 shootings through September last year, 28 fewer than the 573 this year.

However, the number of murders and rapes are up from last year, with a jump of 12.5 percent and 22 percent, respectively. The mayor says the increase in rapes is a result of more people reporting them in the #MeToo era.

“We continue to be concerned about what we’ve seen with an increase in rape,” de Blasio said. “And that is obviously directly connected to an increase in reporting.”  

O’Neill meanwhile praised the NYPD for keeping New Yorkers safe during the U.S. Open tennis tournament and the U.N. General Assembly. He said the effort shows “why our police department has a sterling reputation across the world.”