NEW YORK — As the mass protest movement in the wake of George Floyd's death began, crime overall was down in New York City during May but many serious crimes saw a rise.
The NYPD announced Thursday that during May, overall crime dropped 21.2% from the same month in 2019, including decreases in all five boroughs, within the transit system and in public housing. There was a 29% drop in robberies, 18% decrease in felony assaults and 43% dip in grand larcenies.
However, there were some negatives during May 2020, including a 64% rise in shootings (100 vs. 69 a year ago) and a 79% rise in murders (34 vs. 19). Auto theft went up 68% with a total of 665 incidents and burglaries up 34%.
In 2020, the city has seen a 2.5% dip in crime through May. Authorities say this is driven by "decreases in the numbers of robberies, assaults and grand larcenies since the COVID-19 outbreak in mid-March."
“I am proud of our police officers who have met the challenges of these trying times with remarkable fortitude and fairness,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “Their continuing success in simultaneously fighting crime, reinforcing the best public health practices and facilitating peaceful protest reflects the values of the New York City Police Department and the high standards of our profession.”
Murders are up double digits this year, however, and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told PIX11 News Wednesday that he was concerned.
“We are trending in a very difficult direction in the shootings which is leading to homicides,” Shea said.