Wednesday, September 8, 2021

120 Days and Counting - Murder is down, Except in the Bronx


I had my City Hall in the Bronx in August. The murder rate in the city was down from from 58 in 2020 to 53 this year or a drop of 8.6 percent. Keep up the good work Commissioner Shea and the NYPD. So far citywide there have been 304 murders in 2021, and that is 3 less than there were for the same period in 2020. 

In the Bronx however the murder rate went up from 15 August 2020 to 24 in August 2021 or an increase of 60 percent, and the total for the year in murder in the Bronx went up from 75 in 2020 to 105 so far in 2021. In all of 2020 there were 111 murders in the Bronx, and with four months to go we will surpass the 2020 total very soon. It is quite possible the we could come close to the number of murders in the Bronx in 1998 which was 166 murders in the Bronx, according to the Comp Stat figures the police Department keeps.  

I can't understand that. The Bronx only has about 18 percent of the city's population, but has over 35 percent of the city's murders, then again under Mayor Bill de Blasio the Bronx has over 37 percent of the homeless population, with little if any of the services they need. Let me send more homeless people to the Bronx, this time to the East Side of the Bronx where there have not been any. Anyone, do you have any thoughts on why the murder rate is so high in the Bronx?

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