NYC Dealing With Major Crime Spike

New York City residents, businesses and officials are having to cope with skyrocketing crime resulting in everything from increased police presence to locking businesses during daylight hours.

Combined numbers for the seven major felonies show a 43% jump over the same period in 2021, and that’s with a 13% reduction in homicides. Murders are still up 9% over just two years ago, and the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force says those crimes are up 76% in 2022.

This comes after three decades of lower crime rates in the city, and several factors are blamed for the alarming increase. New York’s new bail reform legislation putting more suspects on the street, illegal guns flooded the city during the pandemic, and residents suffered more financial and social hardships.

Whatever the cause or causes, the results are clear. From the recent subway attack to luxury Madison Avenue stores locking their doors during business hours, residents are dealing with the lifestyle changes that come with soaring crime rates.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams rolled out a comprehensive plan in January that includes an increase in officers on patrol, greater focus on illegal gun interdiction, and renewing plainclothes Neighborhood Safety Teams. These rebranded units are under fire from left-wing critics who charge they have a long history of misconduct and use of excessive force.

It is important to note that these plainclothes unit officers regularly face aggressive and violent offenders, which largely accounts for their being involved with 31% of fatal shootings in 2018 despite making up only 6% of NYPD.

By job description alone, they are almost guaranteed to see more violent encounters than normal beat cops walking a patrol.

Adams, a former police captain, argues that policing reforms under the de Blasio administration swung too far towards the rights of criminals. Critics charge, however, that more policing is not the answer to soaring crime rates that they say point towards increased desperation and hopelessness.

More programs to fight poverty, drug addiction and mental illness are touted as the correct way to address lawlessness in the nation’s largest city. But social spending by the trillions has been tried since the 1960s with precious little effect on crime. And, of course, the nation has thankfully seen and rejected the ill-advised “defund” movement.