Overall crime increased by 27.8% in the five boroughs in May 2022 compared to May 2021, but shootings and hate crimes decreased, according to NYPD data released Friday.
Overall index crime across the five boroughs increased from 8,149 in May 2021 to 10,414 in May 2022. The rise was fueled by upticks in grand larcenies, up 42.1% from 2,897 to 4,116; burglaries, up 28.3% from 966 to 1,239; and robberies, up 26.2% from 1,193 to 1,506.
The number of overall shooting incidents in May declined by 31.4% in New York City from 172 to 118 compared with May 2021, according to the report. The number of hate crimes also decreased, by 10% from 73 to 63 compared to the same period last year.
According to the NYPD, there were 414 gun arrests in May 2022, raising the number of citywide gun arrests in 2022 to 2,007, which is a 4.4% increase compared with the 1,923 gun arrests through the first five months of last year.
The NYPD said officers have seized about 3,080 firearms so far in 2022. The department said the drop in shootings was tied to the rollout of its Neighborhood Safety Teams, which the NYPD said has seized 105 firearms and made 115 gun arrests since mid-March.
“We have pointed every resource we have at reducing gun violence in the city. We have seen seven straight weeks of shootings going down – and that is not a coincidence,” Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell wrote in a statement. “We are using an intelligence-led approach and gun arrests are being made in numbers we haven’t seen in almost 30 years, but we understand that we have to be relentless because lives depend on it.”