This October, New York City experienced fewer index crimes than in any previous October during the modern Compstat era while overall crime since January continues to fall to historic lows compared to the same time in 2017. Overall crime in 2018 is currently projected to drop beneath what would become a new record-setting low of 97,000 total index crimes by years end. Also of note, New York City did not have a single shooting during the period of a three-day weekend — from October 12 to October 14. It is the first time this has occurred in the past 25 years.
“As we near the end of 2018, I am very optimistic about where we find ourselves,” Commissioner James P. O’Neill said. “Cops and the people we serve are working together better than ever. And the NYPD and our law enforcement partners at the local, state, and federal levels are working in tandem more effectively than at any time in our history. We will never lose focus of our primary mission: fighting crime and keeping people safe. And we know that all New Yorkers, in every neighborhood, always need to feel safe, too – that’s really our ultimate goal.”
“Last month was a difficult time for our City as forces of hatred tried to divide and terrorize us. But, New Yorkers showed that we are resilient and will never stop celebrating our diversity,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are the safest big city in the country because the NYPD is as diverse as all 8.5 million New Yorkers. I want to thank all our officers for working with every community to fight crime and protect us from terror.”
Key highlights from this month’s crime statistics include: Year-to-date, overall index crimes are down -1.4% in 2018, which represents 1,149 fewer victims. Murders in the month of October 2018 are down -41.4% compared to October 2017. Shooting incidents are down -6.8% this October, compared to last October, and year-todate shootings are down -4.7% in 2018 compared to last year.
There were 309 reported hate crimes in October, with 159 being committed against Jewish people, according to NYPD statistics. Among the reported crimes, several local synagogues were vandalized.
New Yorkers should, and will continue to be resilient and celebrate diversity, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.