For the month of October 2021, the number of murders and shooting incidents continued to decline in New York City compared to last year. Murder decreased by 9.8% (37 v. 41) while shooting incidents decreased by 4.4% (129 v. 135). There were 382 gun arrests for the month of October 2021, bringing the total number of gun arrests in 2021 to 3,808 – a 13.9% increase compared to 3,343 gun arrests year-to-date in 2020.
Overall index crime in New York City increased by 11.2% in October 2021, compared with October 2020 (10,118 v. 9,095). While Burglary saw a 13.7% decrease for October 2021 (1,231 v. 1,427), Robbery increased by 15.8% (1,450 v. 1,252) and Felonious Assault increased by 13.8 % (2,123 v. 1,865). Through October, overall index crime year-to-date has increased by 1.3% compared to 2020 (80,801 v. 79,772).
The reduction in shootings and homicides during October 2021 continues a trend that has been carrying over from the summer of 2021, and coincides with the NYPD’s ongoing work to build multiple long-term cases with its law enforcement partners with a focus on the drivers of violence. This is the precision-policing philosophy at work. Central to the NYPD’s comprehensive public safety strategy is the curtailing of gun violence. This includes making gun arrests, and working with our criminal justice partners to address local concerns such as the interdiction of so-called ghost guns – whose proliferation presents a host of investigative challenges to law enforcement.
“The men and women of the NYPD have never wavered in their commitment to the collective public safety of all New Yorkers – as demonstrated by this ongoing, downward trend in violence,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “While their devotion to service is commendable, effective crime fighting is predicated upon a collaborative effort from all aspects of the criminal justice landscape – as well as society as a whole. Additionally, our brave officers’ work must be reinforced by meaningful consequences that send a consequential message to those who find themselves on the path toward criminality.”
Statistics on Index Crimes
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Additional Statistics for October 2021
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October 2021 Rape Breakdown
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- Rape continues to be underreported. If you have been a victim of sexual assault, please come forward. The NYPD Special Victims Division’s 24-hour hotline is 212-267-7273.
Year-To-Date Hate Crimes Statistics Summary through October 31, 2021
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Note: Hate Crime Task Force Statistics contained above are subject to change as Active Possible Bias Cases can be reclassified to Non-Bias and removed from counted statistics upon investigation. As a result of a possible change to Non-Bias classification, statistical percentages may fluctuate beyond assumed percentage calculations from week-to-week reporting periods.