When the controversial and racially discriminatory NYPD practice of stop and frisk ended in 2014, many residents were concerned that NYC and The Bronx would be plunged back into the nightmare years of the 80s and 90s when murders were at all an time high but a look at statistics showed a dramatic 30% drop in murders in The Bronx this year compared to last year.
In the closing days of 2017 there have been 68 murders in our borough versus 97 last year.
The New York Times call this drop to levels not seen and would have been unbelievable in 1990 when 2,245 murders were recorded in NYC.
According to NYPD stats, in 1990 there were 653 recorded murders in The Bronx and if we maintain at 68 we’re looking at a 90% drop in murder from 27 years ago.
Overall crime rates are down 4.89% for 2017 versus last year and down 71% compared to 1993.
Only grand larceny showed an increase in major crimes going up 3.8% from 2016. Grand larceny in The Bronx has increased by 12.6% since 2014 bucking a citywide overall decline.
Citywide, rapes are statistically even with 2016 but misdemeanor sex crimes are up by 9.3%. In The Bronx, however, such crimes are down 4% along with rape which is down 5.2% in our borough.
Some highlights from the NYPD’s CompStat’s statistics for The Bronx we found were:
- The 41st Precinct covering Hunts Point and Longwood showed the biggest drop in murders with a 75% decrease in 2017 vs 2016.
- The 41st, 45th, 49th, 52nd precincts all tied with the lowest murders in The Bronx registering 2 murders in each precinct for 2017
- With 10 murders reported for 2017, the 43rd Precinct covering Parkchester, Castle Hill, Soundview had the highest increase in murders with a 25% increase from 2016.
- The 48th Precinct covering Belmont, Fordham, Tremont also registered an increase in murders with a 14% increase from 2016.
So how did your precinct and neighborhood do?