Major crimes in New York City have jumped 37% this year and people in the know cite a lack of police staffing for the problem.
While Mayor Eric Adams puts the already stretched resources of the NYPD to ridding the city of gun violence, grand larcenies, auto thefts, burglaries and robberies are soaring.
Grand larceny has shot up 49% so far this year over last year as of Sunday — from 18,058 to 26,908. Auto theft has spiked by 46.2%, from 4,855 to 7,100.
Robbery is up 39.2%, from 6,530 to 9,091, and burglaries increased by 32.9%, from 6,251 to 8,305, the numbers show.
Felonious assault rose by 18.6% and rapes saw an 11% increase so far this year over 2021 .
“This is going to probably be a record year for increasing crime in New York City,” said Joseph Giacalone, a John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor and a former NYPD sergeant.
“You have a short-staffed NYPD and you still have policies that go against police work,” he said.
Murders, meanwhile, were down 5.6% so far this year over the same period in 2021, from 252 to 238. The number of people shot fell by 7.3%, from 974 to 903, the data shows. Shooting incidents were down 10.3 % this year, 747 compared to 833.
In a startling quote Giacolone said that grim tally could change in an instant.
“Shootings were up big last week, they took a break this week,” Giacolone said. “That’s good news, but that could all change with one BBQ in Brooklyn.”