Is Crime Getting Worse In the Bronx… And How Does It Compare To Other U.S. Cities?

Published on April 01, 2022, 1:00 pm
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The Brox is known the world over as one of the most unsafe cities in the United States. While
it is true that crime in the Brox is high, there are other cities that are much more dangerous to
live in. Let’s take a look at a few US cities to see how they compare with the Bronx.

Crime Rate in the Bronx, NY

The Bronx continues to have the highest crime rate in the New York City area, with numbers
reaching record highs in 2021 (and likely in 2022). NYPD crime figures show 8,395 incidents
were reported in the Bronx in 2021
, a 4% increase from the 8,071 figure the year prior.

Nearly every Bronx precinct saw an increase in crime except for Riverdale, which remained the
same. At the same time, every precinct experienced more shooting incidents in 2021.

Here is a breakdown of crime in the Bronx 2021 vs. 2022

  • 140% increase in shooting victims;
  • 124% increase in shooting incidents;
  • 55% increase in grand theft auto;
  • 44% increase in murder;
  • 12% increase in rape;
  • 7% increase in grand larceny;
  • 4% increase in felony assault;
  • 1% increase in robbery;
  • 27% decrease in burglary.

Are crime rates in the Bronx increasing

Absolutely, and it does not look like that will change any time soon. Due to the economic effects of the pandemic and rising distrust of the police force, it is likely the problem will continue to get worse unless issues surrounding poverty are resolved.

How the Bronx Compares to Other Cities

The crime rate has increased all over the United States due to the economic downturn caused
by the pandemic. All the following info comes from neighborhood stats on

Crime in New Brunswick, NJ

New Brunswick has a lower crime rate than the Brox, with a rate that’s 4% less than the national average. However, violent crime has increased by 32%, leading to an increased need for legal representation. Head to if you were arrested in New Jersey.

Crime in St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, Missouri, has the highest crime rate in America, with a rate that’s 234% higher than the national average. Violent crime is up by 420%, and property crime remains at 198%. You are more likely to be a victim of vehicle theft in St.Louis than in any other city in the United States.

Crime in Honolulu, HI

Although Honolulu has a 40% higher total crime rate than the national average, that is pretty low compared to other major cities in the country. It is very unlikely you will be a victim of violent crime, but theft is common. Honolulu has a property crime rate that is 54% higher than average.

Crime in Detroit, MI

Detroit is another famously high-crime city, with a violent crime rate that is 462% higher than the national average. Out of 100,000 people, 2,179 were victims of violent crime, according to 2021 FBI statistics. Detroit has a total crime rate that’s 130% larger than the national average.

Crime in San Diego, CA

Despite San Diego sporting a population of 1.41 million, it is a really safe city to live in. San Diego is 12% lower than the national average, with a 5% lower violent crime rate. Even property crimes are quite low. If you want to live in a safe, bigger city, San Diego is the place for you.

Crime in Jackson, MS

Jackson, Mississippi, has a 126% higher total crime, 94% higher violent crime, and 132% higher property crime rate than the national average. These numbers are much higher than New York. However, It is likely they are worse than that, as some sites do not include rape statistics for 2021.

Jonas Bronck is the pseudonym under which we publish and manage the content and operations of The Bronx Daily.™ | - the largest daily news publication in the borough of "the" Bronx with over 1.5 million annual readers. Publishing under the alias Jonas Bronck is our humble way of paying tribute to the person, whose name lives on in the name of our beloved borough.