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Brooklyn crime rates rise, along with city

March 4, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, crime has gone up in some categories, while decreasing or staying steady in others.

For the month of February 2022, however, “every major index crime category saw an increase,” according to an official NYPD statement. 

Statistics from Patrol Borough Brooklyn North and Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, the two groups of precincts that make up the borough of Brooklyn, mirror this trend as well.

First, the citywide statistics. For the month of February 2022, New York City saw a 58.7 percent increase in overall index crime compared to February 2021. Robberies increased by 56 percent, grand larcenies increased by 79.2 percent, and grand larcenies auto zoomed up by 104.7 percent. Still, citywide shooting incidents decreased by 1.3 percent in February 2022 compared to the same period last year.

For Brooklyn South, murders for February increased 85 percent year-to-date, robberies increased 69.5, grand larcenies auto increased 62.5 percent, and grand larcenies increased 85.6 percent.

For Brooklyn South, murders decreased 33.3 percent year-to-date. However, robberies increased 40.5 percent, grand larcenies increased 26.7 percent, and grand larcenies auto increased 71.9 percent.

Starting in 1991, the city had a 15-year drop in crime, In 2005, the number of murders in the city was the lowest since 1963. However, with the coming of the pandemic, crime began to rise again. 

“The New York City Police Department remains focused on the drivers of crime and disorder in New York City, and the department will never waver in its core mission to protect all the people it serves,” said an official statement from the NYPD. 

The new Adams administration has seen the creation of new Neighborhood Safety Teams to enhance the NYPD’s efforts to stop the proliferation of illegal guns, stifle gang activity, and suppress the violence caused by these unlawful actions. The deployment of these specially trained officers and supervisors will augment the ongoing work of patrolling the city’s streets, subways and public housing developments.

Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said, “The NYPD will never relent, and the department has made far too much progress over the decades – and invested far too much in the communities it serves – to fall back by any measure.”

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