Department Highlights Efforts Over Past Eight Years to Reduce Crime and Strengthen Ties with New Yorkers
For the month of November 2021, the number of murders declined in New York City compared with November 2020: Murder decreased by 17.2% (24 v. 29) for the month. Sustained declines in murders drove murders down, year-to-date through November, by 0.5% (434 v. 436) compared with the same period last year.
On enforcement, the NYPD has continued its work to strategically build long-term cases and focus on the drivers of violence. The Department has also maintained a focus on street enforcement. New York City’s Police officers made 334 gun arrests for the month of November, bringing the total number of gun arrests in 2021 to 4,144. This is a 7.8% increase compared to 3,844 gun arrests year-to-date through November 2020. This represents the largest number of year-to-date gun arrests since 1995.
Overall index crime in New York City increased by 21.3% in November 2021, compared with November 2020 (10,186 v. 8,396). Burglary saw a 5.7% decrease for November 2021 (1,266 v. 1,342), Robbery increased by 24.1% (1,418 v. 1,143) and Felony Assault increased by 11.2 % (1,868 v. 1,680). Through November 2021, overall index crime year-to-date increased by 3.4% compared to 2020 (91,185 v. 88,173).
A look back: 2014 to 2021
A look back on the past eight years shows New York City has experienced significant crime reductions. Overall index crime has decreased by 11% since 2013, when 101,755 index crimes were recorded, and by 46% since 2000, when there were 169,424 index crimes.
Today, six of eight NYPD patrol boroughs have experienced overall index crime declines over the last eight-years – that are in large measure a reflection of the work developed and implemented by NYPD’s leaders as part of their real time management of ever-present public safety concerns.
These gains were part of a long-term strategy that began in 2014. Technology played a key role.
- A ShotSpotter gunshot detection system was installed around the city to give police officers a head start the moment shots were fired. The system has since expanded.
- Police officers received smartphones – placing troves of inward-facing data available to commanders at Police Headquarters into the hands of those on our city’s streets. Officers for the first time could read the text of 911 calls, directly contact the citizens who called, dial up 911 histories of city addresses, and search criminal and warrant status.
- The launch in 2014 of the Gun Violence Suppression Division.
- The targeted dismantling of a particularly violent set of crews responsible for a rash of shootings across Brooklyn.
- Taking this strategy citywide and working hand-in-hand with the city’s five District Attorneys, in takedown after takedown, the Gun Violence Suppression Division and other Detective Bureau squads drove enforcement efforts that resulted in shooting incidents decreasing in targeted areas.
- So far in 2021, the NYPD has conducted 33 gang takedowns and made 118 corresponding arrests, yielding precipitous declines in shootings across several neighborhoods.
Shootings have persisted in pockets of the city, increasing both in 2020 and through November of 2021, to levels not seen since the mid-2000s. For this past November, citywide shooting incidents have experienced an uptick of 2.6% (119 v. 116), compared to the same period a year ago, and rose 2% year-do-date through November – though they were down in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Curtailing gun violence remains the top priority. This intelligence-driven approach is led in part by the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau. Its Field Intelligence Teams were expanded by over 200 investigators to increase focus on debriefing prisoners about gun crimes, supporting long-term gang and crew investigations, gathering evidence for strong prosecutions, and propelling the comprehensive mission of precision-policing.