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NYC saw a startling crime surge last week: NYPD stats


The Big Apple saw a startling increase in crime last week compared to the same period last year, as temps warmed up with the onset of spring, the latest NYPD statistics show. 

All but one of the seven major felony categories spiked between March 22 and March 28 — accounting for nearly a 40 percent increase overall — according to the NYPD’s newest CompStat report. 

Eight murders were reported last week — compared to six during that period last year — about a 33 percent increase, the figures show. 

Reported rapes jumped a whopping 125 percent — from 16 to 36, according to the data. 

A total of 358 felonious assaults were reported last week, about a 23 percent increase from the 290 tallied between those days last year. 

Reported robberies jumped nearly 9 percent, from 179 to 195.

Grand larcenies also saw a significant spike — about 97 percent — from 336 to 663. 

And auto thefts jumped from 101 to 144, about a 42.6 rise. 

Only burglaries were down last week — by about 8 percent — from 221 to 203, the stats show. 

The year-to-date figures, however, show that only two of the major crime categories have seen an increase — murders from 74 to 84, and auto thefts from 1,499 to 1,748.

Police at the scene of a shooting in Manhattan on March 25, 2021.
Police at the scene of a shooting in Manhattan on March 25, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

Hate crimes were up to 11 last week, from seven reported during that period last year — amid a recent surge in crimes against the Asian community, according to the figures. 

But so far this year, 82 hate crimes have been reported, five fewer than the 87 reported during that period in 2020. 

Twenty-seven people were shot in 25 separate incidents last week, compared to just nine in seven incidents during that period in 2020. Gun arrests stayed steady at 66. 

A total of 274 people have been shot in 245 incidents so far this year, compared to 186 victims in 164 incidents at this point in 2020. 

Last year’s shootings saw a significant surge in the late spring and early summer. 

So many bullets flew in the Big Apple in 2020 that the number of shootings and gun victims matched the totals for 2018 and 2019 combined.



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