Adams proclaims that New York is now “safer” as he celebrates his first year as mayor, but some figures cast doubt on that

In anticipation of the first anniversary that he will celebrate on January 1 as mayor of New York, the most populous city in the US and for many considered “the capital of the world”, former NYPD Eric Adams affirmed yesterday that the city is Safer today than how you received it.

Adams touted his alleged advances in public safety during a speech in which promised New Yorkers would continue to see crime drop during the second year of his administration.

“Anyone who studies crime knows it’s about: How do we continue the trend in the right direction? We knew it wouldn’t happen overnight,” the mayor said. “But we kept going despite that. New York still is, and people sometimes forget this, but I really want to highlight this, New York is still the safest big city in America… And in 2023, we want to push this city to be safer.”

The mayor cited “very important” police statistics that show a drop of more than 17% in shootings, more than 12% in homicides and the highest number of firearms arrests “in 27 years.”

He also said the arrest rate for all seven categories of felonies was “the highest in 20 years” because “Our police officers are working.”

He also pointed out a 13% decrease in major crimes in public transit during November, compared to the same month last year, and said it was achieved “even with a substantial increase in passenger numbers” that reached 3.9 million fares paid, “the highest since the COVID crisis began.”

But “Adams made an oblique reference to NYPD statistics showing that total felony crime rate increased 23.5% this year compared to 2021, as well as the increase in murders, robberies and rapes in the Metro system that has many passengers on edge,” he said. New York Post.

“I think New Yorkers should feel better about the direction we’re taking in the city with regard to public safety,” Adams insisted. “And the hard work of the NYPD and other agencies has been focused on making the city safe. Some of the numbers reflect that.”

During a question and answer session with journalists, the New York Post consulted Adams about the “much worse figures that exist”, which include increases in six of the seven felony categories, including 12.5% ​​felony assaults, 23.9% burglaries, and 26.7% robberies.

The mayor passed that question to the New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who said: “I think we’re headed in the right direction.”

Other statistics not commented on by Adams include a alarming 37% rise in attacks with bladed weapons this year on streets, homes and public transport. It is addition to gun violence.

According to the NYPD, the number of pedestrian fatalities so far in 2022 is down slightly from last year. As of Tuesday, there were 112 deaths, compared with 120 in the same period in 2021.

In any case This year has been disastrous on New York asphalt in all five boroughs. From January 1 to July 31, some 150 people died in road accidents, according to the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT). Particularly there is a 129% increase in hit and run incidents.

New York City had already experienced in April a 35% increase in traffic accidents, alerted NYPD. At the end of that month there was a tragic streak to an average of one person killed by being run over every day.

and in the subway serious crimes, including homicides, rapes and robberies have increased this year 40% compared to 2021, according to the latest statistics from the NYPD.

Last April it became one of the most violent months in the history of the New York Subway since its founding in 1904, when 29 people were injured in a morning crime perpetrated by a lone attacker, who shot and set off at least two grenades on a moving train in Brooklyn.

Right away the mayor adams announced that the number of NYPD officers in the underground system would double, where since February it had activated a reinforced security plan to deal with violence. But until now violence has continued to escalate.

On Tuesday of this week, two people were struck to death by a train in Chelsea at the same time and hours later a passenger was shot while arguing with an MTA employee at a station in Brooklyn.

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