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Sept. ’22 NYPD citywide crime stats: Shootings down in Brooklyn

Report also indicates decrease in gun crimes, murders, yet robbery, rape, grand larceny on the rise

October 7, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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The NYPD released Friday new citywide crime statistics, announcing that its strategy of “precision-policing” and initiatives to curb gun violence have caused a decrease in the amount of shooting victims and murders through the first nine months of 2022 compared to the period in 2021. 

The NYPD reports that the nine-month comparison indicates a 12.6 percent decrease in murders compared to the same period in 2021: 327 in 2022 versus 374 in 2021. The police seized over 5,600 guns in the year of 2022 through the end of September. 

“One crime victim is one victim too many, and the hardworking women and men of the NYPD are committed to ensuring that no one – in any New York City neighborhood – is harmed by violence or disorder,” said Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. 

“Our strategies to suppress violence, to seize illegal guns, and to hold criminals accountable for their actions are beginning to gain traction. But the NYPD cannot shoulder this work alone. Our entire criminal justice system, and all of our government and community partners, must pull in the same direction and remain focused on our shared goal: the safety of everyone who lives, works, and visits New York City. We have seen too much revolving-door recidivism. We have seen too many well-intentioned reforms exploited. Most importantly, we must shatter the perception among criminals that there are no consequences for violent crime and realign our system to center on those who matter most: crime victims. At the NYPD, we will never stop delivering on our public-safety promise, and we need every sector of our society to make the same pledge to see that promise fully realized.”

Gun arrests citywide because of seizures increased by 7.4 percent compared to last year (423, compared to 394 in 2021). The number of gun arrests in the city through the first three quarters of 2022 stands at a 27-year high, according to the NYPD. The department’s Gun Violence and Suppression Section is credited with building strong cases against those who harbor illegal firearms.

Index crime statistics also show a 10.7 percent increase in rape, 16.4 percent increase in robbery and a 21.3 percent increase in grand larceny (21.5 percent grand larceny of a vehicle) as well as a 22.7 percent increase in burglary.

145 rape incidents have been reported to the NYPD in the first nine months of 2022, compared to 131 in 2021. The incidents reported that occurred within the relevant time were 117 for 2022 and 101 for the same portion of 2021, respectively.

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