City homicides have spiked nearly 30 percent through the first two months of 2019, leaving the NYPD scrambling to redeploy cops to troubled areas to stanch the bloodshed, the department said Monday in its monthly crime-stats briefing.
Through Sunday, the five boroughs have seen 53 murders this year, a 29.3-percent jump from the 41 slayings logged over the same period in 2018, according to the latest NYPD numbers.
The year’s troubling trend began in January, which saw 22.7 percent more murders than the first month of 2018. The situation grew even worse in February, which registered 24 murders — or 50 percent more than the 16 logged in February 2018.
The homicide hike even gave pause to Mayor de Blasio, who often touts New York as “the safest big city in America.”
“The bad news is, we see some areas of real concern, particularly when it comes to homicide,” Hizzoner said. “We take that very, very seriously.”
Fifteen of this year’s 53 homicides, or 28.3 percent, were gang-related, while a dozen, or 22.6 percent, were classified as domestic, the department said.
Drug deals turned deadly accounted for 9.4 percent.
The remaining 39.7 percent of slayings weren’t placed into a specific category by the NYPD.
Rapes are up by 18.8 percent — but have been for months in what the NYPD has welcomed as an increased willingness to report sex assaults in the #MeToo era, particularly in domestic situations.
“With crime at a record low in New York City, there is still more work to do to ensure that every New Yorker feels safe in their neighborhood,” de Blasio said.
Safest Big City in America?? More like the new bad days
And where was #MeToo when thousands of rapes were reported in the bad old days?