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Index Crime Continues to Decline in April 2019

May 2, 2019

April 2019 Breaks 'Low-Crime' Records for Murder, Robbery and Burglary

The NYPD announced today that year-to-date index crime is down by more than 1,900 complaints, or -6.7%, as April 2019 saw the lowest number of reported index crime of any April in the CompStat era. The city also achieved record CompStat era lows for the month of April in murder, robbery and burglary.

"New York City has seen a dramatic reduction in crime, and we continue to make history and set new records by facing the challenges together," said Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill. "I want to thank the dedicated members of the NYPD who tackle violent crime with precision and are forging stronger bonds with the public – and everyone who plays a role in a safe city – with their problem solving and professionalism."

"Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe in their home. While crime is at a historic low across the city, we are working to make this a reality in every zip code," 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:

  • A -6.1% reduction in index crime in April 2019 (6,891) compared to April 2018 (7,337).
  • Reductions in every major crime category April 2019 compared to April 2018.
  • A -34.6% reduction in murder in April 2019 (17) compared to April 2018 (26). Overall, now year-to-date murder is +2, or +2.3%.
  • Transit crime -4.3% in April 2019 (178) compared to April 2018 (186).
  • A -16.1% reduction in rape in April 2019 (141) compared to April 2018 (168). Overall, now year-to-date rape is +10, or +1.8%. NYPD understands that rape continues to be underreported. If you have been a victim of sexual assault please come forward. The NYPD’s Special Victims Division 24-hour hotline is 212-267-RAPE (7273).
  • There has also been an uptick in hate crimes (see chart below). There is no place for hate in New York City and the detectives of the Hate Crime Task Force are working diligently to eliminate these crimes and to bring perpetrators of hate to justice.

Statistics on Index Crimes 2018-2019

  Apr. 2019 Apr. 2018 Change +/-% Year-to-Date 2019 Year-to-Date 2018 Change +/-%
Murder 17 26 -9 -34.6% 88 86 +2 +2.3%
Rape 141 168 -27 -16.1% 578 568 +10 +1.8%
Robbery 890
918 -28 -3.1% 3,587
3,942 -355 -9.0%
Felony
Assault
1,566 1,612 -46 -2.9% 5,936 6,119 -183 -3.0%
Burglary 749 947 -198 -20.9% 3,136 3,671 -535 -14.6%
Grand
Larceny
3,164 3,288 -124 -3.8% 12,438 13,116 -678 -5.2%
G.L.A. 364 378 -14 -3.7% 1,323 1,515 -192 -12.7%
TOTAL 6,891 7,337 -446 -6.1% 27,086 29,017 -1,931 -6.7%

Additional Statistics on Transit/Housing Crime and Shootings, 2018-2019

  Apr. 2019 Apr. 2018 Change +/-% Year-to-Date 2019 Year-to-Date 2018 Change +/-%
Transit 178 186 -8 -4.3% 736 748 -12 -1.6%
Housing 418 366 +52 +14.2% 1,524 1,486 +38 +2.6%
Shooting
Incidents
62 49 +13 +26.5% 212 190 +22 +11.6%

April Rape Breakdowns

CompStat
Year
Count Occurred
Same
Year
Occurred
Previous
Year
Occurred
2 Years
Prior
Occurred
3 Years
Prior
Occurred
4 Years
Prior
Occurred
5+ Years
Prior
2019 141 107 17 6 2 1 8
2018 168 132 17 4 0 3 12
2017 119 97 14 1 0 1 6
2016 119 105 7 0 1 1 5
2015 102 82 8 1 4 0 7
2014 99 81 11 2 0 0 5

Hate Crimes as of 4/30/2019 By Motivation

Motivation 2019 2018 Diff & Change % of Total
Asian 3 1 +2 +200% 2%
Black 15 10 5 +50% 10%
Ethnic 0 1 -1 -100% 0
Gender 2 2 0 0% 1%
Hispanic 3 1 +2 +200% 2%
Muslim 4 6 -2 -33% 3%
Other 6 5 +1 +20% 4%
Religion 3 3 0 0% 2%
Semitic 82 45 +37 +82% 57%
Sexual Orientation 16 11 +5 +45% 11%
White 11 2 +9 +450% 8%
Grand Total 145 87 +58 +67%  

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