How The Pandemic Has Affected Crime Rates In New York City

Many people dream of living in New York City to follow their passions and life desires, but if you’ve lived in the city, you know it’s not all about the bright lights and glam. Behind the hustle and bustle and exhilarating city life, New York has been suffering from an uptick in crime rates amid the pandemic. 

The already stressed criminal justice system struggled to keep up with the spike in violent crime brought on by the pandemic’s societal upheaval. Authorities state that the surge in homicides and a pandemic has helped fuel violence in the city. 

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The increase in violence began shortly after the pandemic started in 2020 disrupting life and closing businesses, and it peaked this summer, with the city recording an average of 57 murders each month in July, August, and September. 

In 2019, each of those months saw an average of 33 homicides. (AP News).

In April 2021, in a report released by the NYPD, there was an increase of 30% in crime rates compared to April 2020. With this increase in crime, many tourists are taking New York City off of their travel bucket lists. One visitor says “We were literally scared that we were gonna get robbed because it’s only me and her”. (News 10

The increase in overall violence is similar to trends seen in several major U.S. cities, where shootings and homicides have increased while other crimes have decreased due to the pandemic. 

Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum said “We’ve never had a year like this in policing when you’ve had a combination of a worldwide health epidemic and a challenge to community trust. That has been a combustible mixture. And the police in many ways were not prepared.”

The pandemic has brought one of the toughest years for many people in the world between losing loved ones to the merciless pandemic and being victims of violent crimes. 

The question is, what will the city of New York be doing to protect our boroughs and communities in the upcoming year? 

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