Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Despite whatever it says on the signs on Mayor de Blasio's dais or podiums, crime has gone up in Queens.
“Look, I want to put this in perspective; we had in 2017 a record setting year,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference about citywide crime on Jan. 3. “We had crime down in ways that no one believed possible previously. And in 2018 the NYPD beat the record again. ”
But according to NYPD data, rapes, murders, felony assaults and incidents of grand larceny have increased in Queens.
In 2017, there were 50 murders, 307 rapes, 2,823 robberies, 3,820 felony assaults, 2,914 burglaries, 7,842 incidents of grand larceny and 1,568 incidents of grand larceny auto in the borough.
According to NYPD end-of-year crime statistics, there were 63 murders, 389 rapes, 2,523 robberies, 3,848 felony assaults, 2,496 burglaries, 8,070 incidents of grand larceny and 1,555 incidents of grand larceny auto in 2018.
It was the bad old days, it is the new bad days.
New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill on Wednesday announced a new initiative to reduce crime in six targeted neighborhoods that have “violent crime rates more than twice as high as the rest of the city.”
The NYPD’s “new vision” will comprise Manhattan’s 25th Precinct, Brooklyn’s 73rd and 75th precincts and the Bronx’s 40th, 41st and 42nd precincts — all of which have violent crime rates more than twice as high as the rest of the city.
He added: “We won’t rest until every block in every neighborhood enjoys the same level of safety and well-being as the rest of the city. Your zip code must never be the primary determiner of your safety. And it’s our pledge to ensure that your neighborhood is safe, regardless of where in New York City you call home.”
"Brownsville can and should be as safe as Brooklyn Heights. Crime can and should be as low in the South Bronx as it is in Tribeca.”
Despite the confirmed alarming stats above, Queens is just going to have to wait.