New York City’s Sustained Crime Reduction Continues Through February 2017

Fewest crimes of any February in the modern era; Shootings drop 35%

New York, New York— New York City continues to experience a reduction in crime through the month of February 2017. Overall crime this February makes it the new low benchmark for the month in the modern CompStat-era.

For the month of February 2017, there were 6,630 overall index crimes reported, compared with 7,339 in February 2016. This is a reduction of 709 crimes, or -9.7%. There were 20 murders reported in February 2017, compared with 18 in February 2016. This is an increase of 2 crimes, or +11.1%. There were 85 rapes reported in February 2017, compared with 108 in February 2016. This is a reduction of 23 crimes, or – 21.3%. There were 965 robberies reported in February 2017, compared with 1,113 in February 2016. This is a reduction of 148 crimes, or -13.3%. There were 1,287 felonious assaults reported in February 2017, compared with 1,400 in February 2016. This is a reduction of 113 crimes, or -8.1%. There were 878 burglaries reported in February 2017, compared with 1,020 in February 2016. This is a reduction of 142 crimes, or – 13.9%. There were 2,973 grand larcenies reported in February 2017, compared with 3,246 in February 2016. This is a reduction of 273 crimes, or -8.4%. There were 422 grand larceny autos reported in February 2017, compared with 434 in February 2016. This is a reduction of 12 crimes, or -2.8%. There were 40 shooting incidents reported in February 2017, compared with 62 in February 2016. This is a reduction of 22 crimes, or -35.5%.

“While the reduction of crime continues in New York City, it is nothing we take for granted,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “A 35% decrease in shootings this February represents remarkable progress. We will target any violence with continued precision. Our neighborhood policing continues to play a critical role in fighting crime, by strengthening relationships between our communities and the police who protect them. As always, I am extremely proud of the work by all members of this Department to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers.”

“Overall crime across the five boroughs remains on the decline thanks to an effective combination of precision and neighborhood policing,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Last year saw the fewest shootings in city history, and as we continue to take guns off the street and snuff out violent crime in the few pockets of the city where it still exists, those numbers continue their decline. I want to thank Commissioner O’Neill and the men and women in uniform who work hard to keep New York City the safest big city in the nation.”

There were 181 crimes reported in the Transit Bureau in February 2017, compared with 185 in February 2016. This is a reduction of 4 crimes, or -2.2%. There were 341 crimes reported in the Housing Bureau in January 2017, compared with 349 in January 2016. This is a reduction of 8 crimes, or -2.3%.

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

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