A spike in shootings and murders in July fueled a 31% increase in the city’s crime rate over the same month in 2021, the NYPD said Friday, continuing to fuel a hot-button political issue that has the mayor and governor at odds.
Murders were up 34% last month compared to July 2021, the NYPD data shows. Police counted 47 murders in July 2022, up from 35 committed in July 2021.
Shootings were up 13% in July 2022 to July 2021. The city recorded 178 shooting incidents last month, up from 157 it counted in July 2021.
July’s victims of gun murders include a security guard at a “Law & Order” set in Brooklyn, an 18-year-old allegedly killed by an off-duty city correction officer in the Bronx, and a 14-year-old who was visiting from New Jersey when he was shot in East Harlem.
The increased in murders and shooting incidents combined with spikes in robberies and thefts to boost the overall crime rate by 31% this July compared with July 2021.
Grand larcenies were up 41% in July 2022 compared to July 2021. Last month, police recorded 4,588 grand larcenies, which under New York law are thefts of cash or property worth more than $1,000. That was up by 1,326 from the 3,262 recorded in July 2021.
Robberies were up 37% in July 2022 compared to July 2021. Police counted 1730 robberies in July 2022, up by 469 from July 2021.
Despite the bump in July, New York City’s murder rate is down 4% so far in 2022 compared to 2022. Police have recorded 253 slayings so far this year, compared with 264 in the first seven months of 2021.
Shooting incidents are down 9% so far this year, with 816 reported in 2022 compared with 894 at the same point in 2021.
But increases in other crimes have boosted the citywide crime rate year to date by 37%, police data shows.