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Major crime up 12% in NYC despite coronavirus outbreak
By Craig McCarthy
April 2, 2020 | 5:04pm | Updated

Crime in the Big Apple was up about 12 percent over the first three months of the year — with 2,500 more major felonies in 2020, NYPD stats show.

Five of the seven major index crimes — robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and car theft — showed a marked increase this year compared to last year.

Among the NYPD statistics from the first quarter of 2020:

Car thefts spiked 65.5%, from 943 to 1,561
685 more robberies were reported for a 25.2% increase
Burglaries jumped by 21.9% with 533 more reported
486 additional grand larcenies occurred, a 5.2% uptick
117 more assaults were reported for a 2.6% increase

After having one of its deadliest years of late, murders dipped about 10 percent, from 75 to 67, according to the department’s crime stats from January through March.

One-fifth fewer rapes were reported through the end of March — but the NYPD believes the decrease in 95 reports was due to victims not coming forward.

“Rape continues to be underreported,” a spokesperson said in a release.

Despite the steep drop off in most crimes over the second half of March as the coronavirus kept most New York City residents indoors, the decrease couldn’t wipe out the uptick from the prior weeks and months.

Crime was still on the upswing until March 11 — with more than 600 major felonies reported — but the pandemic COVID-19 slowed most criminal activity.

March ended down 4.2% in major crime.

The NYPD also retroactively added 204 more crimes from January and February — but would not say how those major crimes were classified.

Burglars and car thieves, though, seemed undeterred by the potentially deadly bug. Both categories saw a significant increase last month compared to the year prior.

Burglaries were up by nearly 200 — or 26.3 percent — and grand larceny autos increased by 61.7% or 187 more stolen cars.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the NYPD will “rise up” during the coronavirus crisis.

“We stand strong, on the front lines, to ensure a common good for all and to continue to relentlessly drive down crime, deliver justice for every crime victim and maintain a sense of safety we believe all New Yorkers deserve,” the commissioner added.
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