Murders, shootings and several other crimes increased significantly across the five boroughs in July 2022 compared to the same time last year, according to NYPD statistics released Friday.
The number of murders across the five boroughs in July leaped from 35 last year to 47 in 2022, an increase of 34.3%, NYPD data shows.
Driven by upticks in Brooklyn, southern Queens, and Staten Island, the NYPD recorded 178 shootings in July, up 13.4% from 157 a year before, police said in a press release.
There were 11,619 crimes committed overall in the five boroughs in July 2022, compared to 8,906 in July 2021, according to NYPD data.
Six of the seven major index-crime categories saw increases, with the only category decreasing being rape (-4.3%). Grand larceny spiked 40.6% (4,588 v. 3,262) in July compared to last year; robberies jumped 37.2% (to 1,730 from 1,261), and burglaries increased by 25.6% (1,325 v. 1,055), the police department said in a press release.
The NYPD also recorded a major spike in hate crimes in July compared to the same time in 2021: the city saw a 50% increase in hate crimes, with hate crimes against the Jewish community experiencing a 114% increase (15 v. 7)
Overall for the year, the NYPD said shootings are still down 8.7% and murders are still down 4.2% compared to the first seven months of 2021.
The police department said firearm arrests in 2022 through the month of July reached a 27-year high of 2,752, a 2.4% increase compared with the 2,687 gun arrests through the first seven months of 2021. Over 4,300 firearms have been seized in 2022, police data shows.
“We know that any crime increase in our city is wholly unacceptable,” said Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. “Everyone who lives, works, and visits here deserves to be safe, and the members of the NYPD will tolerate nothing less – but we cannot do it alone. When violent criminals are willing to carry illegal guns on our streets and brazenly shoot at innocent people, they must face real consequences.
Police say NYPD officers in July this year made 4,017 arrests for complaints of major felony crimes, an 18.2% increase over the 3,398 arrests for major felonies in the same month last year.