The NYPD has skillfully classified seven crimes as “major.” It is the statistics and data of those crimes that they chose to publish. Lost in the glare of the spotlight of self-aggrandizement is the reality that most crime that is committed in this city is not among their chosen seven classifications.
In their announcement they tout, parade and present data on murder, rape, felony assault, robbery, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny - auto (car theft). The hundreds of other crime categories barely get referenced yet alone quantified. Consider that misdemeanor assaults, petit larcenies, criminal trespass, both criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale or criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a weapon and the countless other crimes covered by the New York State Penal Laws are not even mentioned in the annual crime count charade. In many communities throughout this city these unmentioned crimes are very much what ails them. Why the Mayor and the NYPD would not quantify these and other crimes is a lesson in spin and public relations.
NYC Crime: Up or Down?