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Citywide Overall Crime Continues to Drop in the First Month of 2019

February 5, 2019

This January, New York City experienced 7.4% less index crimes than in January 2018 and it also marks the lowest number of index crimes in any previous January in the modern CompStat era. New York City also saw 11.9% fewer shootings than in January, 2018.

"New York City has seen massive overall reductions in violence and disorder over the past five, 10, 25 years," Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said. "But we have a moral obligation to improve on our past success, and we will not stop until every street, in every neighborhood, is as safe as our safest streets already are today. That is our pledge: To ensure that all neighborhoods are safe, regardless of where the people we serve call home. Because your zip code should never be the determining factor when it comes to your safety."

"Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe in their home. While crime is at a historic low across the city, this is unfortunately not the reality in every neighborhood," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We are doubling down on our efforts to bring these communities and police together to find new ways to fight crime and make our City safer and fairer."

Key highlights from this month’s crime statistics include:

  • Record low index crimes in January 2019 (7,072), compared to January 2018 (7,638) marking the lowest number of index crimes in any January in the CompStat era.
  • Transit crime down -1.5% in January 2019 compared to January 2018.
  • Shooting incidents down -11.9% in January 2019 compared to January 2018.
  • Robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, and grand larcenies all down -19.5%, -7.9%, -11.6%, -2.4% in January 2019 compared to January 2018 respectively; record low robberies in a January in the modern CompStat era.

The Police Commissioner made this announcement in the 73 precinct, one of the six precincts that at the end of 2018 had violent crime rates more than twice as high as the rest of the City.

The precincts include: 73, 75, 40, 41, 42, 25. Through Neighborhood Policing and this targeted effort, the NYPD is focused on ensuring zip code is never the determining factor when it comes to safety. “Additionally, the first meeting to identify strategies and resources that will be newly deployed to bring crime down will take place tomorrow, February 6, in the 73 precinct.

Statistics on Index Crimes 2018-2019
(Note: Monthly and Year-to-Date numbers are the same since it is the first month of the year.)

  Jan. 2019 Jan. 2018 Change +/-% Year-to-Date 2019 Year-to-Date 2018 Change +/-%
Murder 27 22 +5 -22.7% 27 22 +5 +22.7%
Rape 150 118 +32 +27.1% 150 118 +32 +27.1%
Robbery 922
1,146 -224 -19.5% 922
1,146 -224 -19.5%
Felony
Assault
1,416 1,537 -121 -7.9% 1,416 1,537 -121 -7.9%
Burglary 888 1,005 -117 -11.6% 888 1,005 -117 -11.6%
Grand
Larceny
3,314 3,397 -83 -2.4% 3,314 3,397 -83 -2.4%
G.L.A. 335 413 -58 -14% 355 413 -58 -14%
TOTAL 7,072 7,638 -566 -7.4% 7,072 7,638 -566 -7.4%

Additional Statistics on Crimes 2017-2018

  Nov. 2018 Nov. 2017 Change +/-% Year-to-Date 2018 Year-to-Date 2017 Change +/-%
Transit 196 199
+3 -1.5% 196 199
-3 -1.5%
Housing 357 401 -44 -11% 357 401 -44 -5.6%
Shooting Incidents 52 59 -7 -22.2% 52 59 -7 -22.2%

January Rape Breakdowns

 

CompStat
Year

CountOccurred
Same
Year
Occurred
Previous
Year

Occurred
2 Years
Prior

Occurred
3 Years
Prior
Occurred
4 Years
Prior
Occurred
5+ Years
Prior
2019
150
81
44
7
4
4
10
2018 118
59
33
8
4
0
14
2017 108
65
27
5
2
1
8
2016 101 62 26 4 1 1 7
2015 113 66 34 5 2 2 4
2014 114 76 25 4 2 1 6

Note: All crime statistics are preliminary and subject to further analysis, revisions, or change.

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