Crime statistics show that there is an increase in crime in New York City amid the pandemic, a trend seen in all major American cities.
Shooting victims were up 81 percent, and shooting incidents were up 76 percent from Jan. 1 through Aug. 2, compared with the same period in 2019, according to New York Police Department figures.
But the surge in violence has arrived amid a 2 percent drop in overall reports of all major crimes, according to the New York Times. Rape reports, for instance, are down 25 percent, and grand larceny has dropped 20 percent.
Murders and shootings have risen sharply often from record lows, while the overall rate of major crimes has dipped slightly in many American cities. During the first six months of the year, overall crime was down 5.3 percent in 25 large American cities relative to the same period in 2019, with violent crime down 2 percent, the report said. But murders rose in these 25 cities by 16.1 percent over the previous year.
The spike in killings and gun violence also comes after seven years of record-breaking calm when murders dipped to below 300 one year — 2017 — for the first time since the 1950s. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, said that the pandemic was in-part to blame. Experts on crime say it is impossible to point to a single explanation for the violence.