The Huge Apple noticed a virtually 20 p.c dip in gun violence in June, based on new statistics launched Tuesday — although high cop Dermot Shea believes there’s nonetheless “a lot extra work to do.”
Final month, the NYPD logged 165 shootings, a drop from 205 acts of gunplay throughout the identical month final yr when amid an unprecedented spike in shootings citywide.
“We began to reverse the pattern that we’ve been seeing since final Might of elevated gun violence,” Police Commissioner Shea stated throughout a press convention with Mayor Invoice de Blasio, whereas conceding that “we all know we’ve a lot extra work to do.”
“Gun violence, make no mistake about it, is the place our focus is correct now on with the NYPD,” he added.
June’s tally, although, is sort of double the variety of shootings in June 2019, when 89 have been reported.
Shea and de Blasio credited the NYPD’s practically one hundred pc enhance in gun arrests for the drop in shootings final month.
Final September, nevertheless, when an NYPD crackdown on weapons led to 607 firearms arrests — the best quantity because the division began monitoring the busts in 1994 — shootings confirmed no indicators of slowing.
NYPD information from final June confirmed gun busts have been down greater than 40 p.c, together with arrests throughout the board because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The statistics launched Tuesday additionally confirmed murders have been down final month versus June 2020, with cops recording 33 deadly incidents, in comparison with 43 final yr, the info exhibits.
Total, crime was up final month by 3.1 p.c, which was pushed partly by a 31.2 p.c uptick in automotive thefts, a pattern that emerged final yr in the course of the pandemic lockdown.
There was a 32.2 p.c uptick in grand larcenies as nicely, however these figures have been nonetheless smaller than what was reported in June 2019 and 2018, based on NYPD information.
Burglaries, which additionally noticed a surge throughout lockdowns final yr, returned to pre-pandemic ranges, with NYPD logging 927 in June 2021 in comparison with 1,828 in June 2020.