A spike in shootings and murders in July fueled a 31% increase in the city’s crime rate over the same month in 2021, the NYPD said Friday, continuing to fuel a hot-button political issue that has the mayor and governor at odds.
Murders were up 34% last month compared to July 2021, the NYPD data shows. Police counted 47 murders in July 2022, up from 35 committed in July 2021.
Shootings were up 13% in July 2022 to July 2021. The city recorded 178 shooting incidents last month, up from 157 it counted in July 2021.
July’s victims of gun murders include a security guard at a “Law & Order” set in Brooklyn, an 18-year-old allegedly killed by an off-duty city correction officer in the Bronx, and a 14-year-old who was visiting from New Jersey when he was shot in East Harlem.
The increased in murders and shooting incidents combined with spikes in robberies and thefts to boost the overall crime rate by 31% this July compared with July 2021.
Grand larcenies were up 41% in July 2022 compared to July 2021. Last month, police recorded 4,588 grand larcenies, which under New York law are thefts of cash or property worth more than $1,000. That was up by 1,326 from the 3,262 recorded in July 2021.
Robberies were up 37% in July 2022 compared to July 2021. Police counted 1730 robberies in July 2022, up by 469 from July 2021.
Despite the bump in July, New York City’s murder rate is down 4% so far in 2022 compared to 2022. Police have recorded 253 slayings so far this year, compared with 264 in the first seven months of 2021.
Shooting incidents are down 9% so far this year, with 816 reported in 2022 compared with 894 at the same point in 2021.
But increases in other crimes have boosted the citywide crime rate year to date by 37%, police data shows.
“Everyone who lives, works and visits here deserves to be safe, and the members of the NYPD will tolerate nothing less,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Friday.
“But we cannot do it alone,” Sewell said. “When violent criminals are willing to carry illegal guns on our streets and brazenly shoot at innocent people they must face real consequences.”
The news comes two days after Mayor Adams and the NYPD, in their strongest pushback yet against bail reform, highlighted at a news conference criminal suspects they called the “worst of the worst” — 10 repeat offenders with nearly 500 arrests among them who have been released repeatedly without bail.
Adams and the police blame the elimination of bail for misdemeanors and certain felonies that went into effect with the criminal justice reform laws in 2020.
The department also pointed out that 716 people have been linked to 30% of the 2,400 shootings in the city since the start of last year, suggesting that far too many have been released without bail in those and other incidents.
At the Wednesday news conference, Adams pushed for more amendments to the reforms — including allowing judges to weigh the likelihood suspects will commit another offense if they’re released with no bail.
But Albany politicians took different tacks in responding to the NYPD criticism.
Gov. Hochul called out judges and prosecutors for not following the law and declining to set bail in cases where recent changes make it possible. She said recent changes to give judges more authority to set bail for repeat offenders.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) — who like Hochul has said judges are not setting bail in cases where they can do so — griped on Twitter that Adams has not shared with lawmakers the data he claims prove that too many criminals are getting rearrested.