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Major crimes up 22% in New York, even as shootings drop

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Beyond removing illegal firearms from the streets, Prof Fagan said, police have limited control over shootings and killings.

Still, Keechant Sewell, who is finishing his first year as New York City police commissioner, has sought to highlight declines in those categories as evidence of his department’s plans to bring crime back to historic pre-pandemic lows.

“We knew we wouldn’t turn this town around in a flash,” Commissioner Sewell said. “We didn’t stumble on those declines. It was no coincidence. We have strategized, planned, deployed and recalibrated as necessary. »

Statistics can be affected by police departments’ decisions on how to classify crimes, what they investigate and, in New York’s case, its own definition of serious crime which includes certain property offenses. But the numbers released Thursday provided a variety of measures of the state of crime and crime in New York:

In total, there were 189,777 arrests citywide in 2022, a 22% increase from 2021.

Of these, 47,572 were for the most serious crimes: homicide, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, robbery and robbery of a motor vehicle.

The number of arrests related to shootings and homicides, 1,411, was up about 12% from the previous year.

The city has seen the highest number of firearm arrests in 27 years, said Michael LiPetri, head of crime strategies. There were 4,627 last year.

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