NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – For several years, New York has prided itself as being the safest big city in America.

The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio have boasted about a continued drop in crime citywide, but a closer look at those numbers finds a disturbing trend being masked by an overall lower crime rate.

Murders and reported rapes across the five boroughs have spiked through the first two months of 2019.

According to the NYPD’s weekly CompStat reports, 51 murders were reported through Feb. 24 – a staggering 50-percent increase from the same point last year.

Authorities are reporting a 23.6 percent increase in rapes in 2019. There have been 267 cases reported through Feb. 24, with 31 coming in just a seven-day period from Feb. 18-24.

MORE: Crimes Down Overall In January, But Hate Crimes Are On The Rise

While the latest CompStat report claims there has been an 8.3 percent decrease in crime, those numbers don’t include misdemeanor offenses in their totals.

A deeper dive into those statistics find that misdemeanor sex crimes have skyrocketed in 2019, going from 459 in 2018 to 580 through the same point in 2019. That’s an increase of over 26 percent.

There has also been no change in the level of shooting incidents around the five boroughs this year.

The only area of increased crime city officials have repeatedly addressed is the spike in hate crimes. Through Feb. 17, the number of bias attacks had jumped by a stunning 72 percent from 2018.

Comments (55)
  1. Mike Arvand says:

    liberals and crime. Once you get one, you always get the other.

  2. Mike Bruscell Sr. says:

    Those of us who long ago fled New Yawk owe a debt of gratitude to Dwight D. Eisenhower. The advent of the interstate highway system allows us to travel around the country safely by never having to enter the inner city cesspools like New Yawk City. I like Ike!

    1. Owen Glendower says:

      “Those of us who long ago fled New Yawk owe a debt of gratitude to Dwight D. Eisenhower.”

      You mean that Hillary WASN’T the best-qualified candidate EVER to run for president?

  3. Hmm, lets see, NYC disarms law abiding citizens, enables criminals and proudly advocates killing innocent babies…seems breeding murderers and rapists is their goal.

  4. Jay Gee says:

    Every big city that Liberals run have high, crime rates because no matter what they say, they DO NOT CARE; it is a fact of life. Under Giuliani, crime came down, under de Blasio, crime goes up.

  5. Jon Raitmon says:

    Another “DUH.” Trying to keep pace with Chicago and Baltimore?

  6. Jim Phelan says:

    If all the people that have one lick of sense move out of NYC who will go to the Rangers games? Or watch the hapless Jets? Seriously, problem with all this is that these life-long Bernie Sanders socialist types leaving is that they will go to decent places and F those areas up as well.

  7. Samuel Green says:

    This is the result when a state takes away a law abiding citizens right to self protect.

  8. Paul Hacker says:

    Well at least I live in Texas were I can carry a gun for protection. In most of those ‘big cities’ you have to pray for the police to make it there in time to save you.

  9. Jim Hyland says:

    Why is the world so divided and sin multiplying? God’s prolonged spiritual judgment began May 21, 2011. Christ has come as a thief to those unaware. Things will get increasingly worse as we approach the last day. To learn more search E Bible Fellowship. May God richly bless you.

  10. Piper Rose says:

    Move to Democrat strongholds like Chicago or Baltimore or Detroit where it’s more safer. (sarc)

  11. Chris McClelland says:

    Well, in a city and state where only the criminals and illegals have gun rights on top of laws protecting them, go figure that crimes are skyrocketing. You can thank Democrats for this. They defend these types of people.

  12. 1980s NYC under Democrats: hellhole
    1990s NYC under Republican: vast improvement, nice place to live
    2000s NYC under Democrats: hellhole
    It’s almost like there’s a pattern, or something.

  13. Dan Purcell says:

    I see hate crimes everywhere…but it’s the liberal Democrats and Leftists committing them

  14. Come on you know all they have to do is increase their gun laws and make it impossible for innocent people to protect themselves . Every one already knows the best way to stop criminals from robbing, raping and stealing is to take the guns away from honest innocent people because you know the Criminals will stop murdering raping and stealing when they know that people don’t have a way to fight back. The left calls this common sense.

  15. Douglas Masnaghetti says:

    The lawless liberal fascist democrats are determined to make us a banana republic; another Venezuela.
    The democrats are EVIL miscreants that need to be stamped out!

  16. Big Mama says:

    ” Bu bu But BURP..were a WELCOMING CITY”

  17. “The NYPD and Mayor de Blasio have boasted about a continued drop in crime citywide, but a closer look at those numbers finds a disturbing trend being masked by an overall lower crime rate.”

    The “lower crime rate” can be attributed to the fact that there have been fewer arrests for small amounts of cannabis.

  18. hey, if babies
    ain’t human…
    anything goes!!!

    make new york
    london again !!!

  19. Bill Loyal says:

    We all knew it was going to happen. Here is the thing though, NYPD always hides and massages its true crime stats, so if they are saying its soaring, its probably 200 times worse. Oh well.. this is what happens when the citizens cant defend themselves from thugs. Glad I left this slave state behind for a free state in the west years ago

  20. Richard Smith says:

    The mayor is an idiot and it is catching up to him now. He was living off the police work of the last administration and it will take a decade or longer to correct his incompetence. NYC has allot of suffering to go through as the exceptional NYPD deals with two terms of illegals flooding into his sanctuary playground….so unfortunate but this is what you get with a Democrat in that office and couple that with the mass exodus of high net worth people you have major problems on the horizon.

  21. Stehr Va says:

    Put Democrats in charge of a city. then allow them to make it a sanctuary city and these are the results you get. Liberals destroy everything conservatives build. Liberals blame everyone else for their screw ups.

  22. Marian Decamp says:

    Murder, gang members, measles, drugs increasing…yet Democrats see no National Emergency. Go figure that logic if you can.

    1. Jorge Ravelo says:


  23. Kurt Smith says:

    yeah yer gonna see that in your liberal-run sanctuary cities.

  24. Bob Suyak says:

    Communist De Deblasio just doing a bang up job.

  25. Gordon Lamont says:

    A chicken in every pot, an illegal in every garage – coming to our town soon, to vote for their communist party!

  26. John Sorger says:

    Intolerance of violent crime is racist. Living someplace without tons of crime is white supremacy.

  27. Jakki Kimball says:

    Legal guns are unwanted, cops are targets by citizens as well as politicians, criminals allowed to go free based on race, sanctuary city allowing cartels and gangs to run wild, did they really think this mix of liberalism would make their city safer?

  28. Carl Mayo says:

    self-defense is illegal in new york city. what do you expect?

  29. Mark Mach says:

    You want a kinder, gentler PD, this is what happens. Congratulations

  30. Wm Layer says:

    NYC has basiclly made it impossible for law abiding citizens to posess firearms. Has it brought gun crime down? Of course not, criminals don’t care about the law, that’s why they’re criminals as fact those two morons, the mayor and governor, cannot understand.

  31. We are overrun with the homeless and illegals.

  32. Further proof that elections have consequences!

  33. Billy D. and AOC. Now that’s a ticket (to disaster).

  34. Stephen Grizzle says:

    This article in it’s entirety is a tribute & a memorial to Fake News. CBS should just close down. Everything they publish is pure crap. Absolutely zero substance. Ignorance prevails is their new mission statement.

  35. What do you expect? It’s populated by Democrat Soviet Socialists.

  36. Mike Miller says:


    Here in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, rifles, pistols, shotguns and AR15s are everywhere. Dashboards, car seats, ATV scabbards, behind the bedroom doors.
    We had our last murder that I know of about a year ago.
    Killed with a brick.
    Guns are NOT the problem, it’s the people who live in New York.
    Your “neighbors” are the problem


    1. Gabriel James says:

      Exactly right, Mike. One reason crime is lower in Tennessee (exclude Democrat run Memphis) is because you never know who’s carrying (man or woman) and if you try to break into a house, there’s a really good chance you won’t live to regret it.

    2. tomkay1012 says:

      Seriously, you don’t actually expect the average ny’er to understand that logic let alone the mayor, do you?

  37. Martin Deano says:

    de Blasio and Cuhomo…two of the dumbest and most ignorant leftist fascists in America. And that is really saying something.

  38. Steve Hansen says:

    Welcome to de Blasio’s government. And he wants to run for President? What a joke.

  39. It called a sanctuary city…

  40. The crime numbers are down because they are no longer busting people for weed. If you take 3,500 arrests per quarter off your books your crime stats are going to drip. Yes, over 3K weed arrests in NYC (not the state) per quarter last year. So the city is not getting safer it is getting higher.

  41. BA DeMonte says:

    Amazing what being a sanctuary city brings to the community. Crime soars against citizens as your elected city officials brag about protecting and letting criminals run loose.

  42. Welcome to Newghanistan! The only thing lacking are the IEDs. This crap didn’t happen when Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York.

  43. I’m so happy a socialist runs NYC. As for the stats anyone who had statistics in college knows how easy it is to cook the books. Good luck to the NYC residents, just pick up an move to the Western US, weathers better, taxes lower and jobs plentiful (excluding California).

    1. Joe Solis says:

      Tell them to leave their Liberalism in NYC.

  44. Garbage reporting. Only say percent of hate crimes, not actual number. Number is low compared to other crimes so they hide it because it doesn’t support their woke narrative.

  45. junglecogs says:

    Sorry to hear that… glad my state is smart enough to have concealed carry for honest, law abiding citizens. But have heart, your city might wise-up soon (if enough people get killed). .

  46. Russ Foster says:

    A disarmed public is a targeted public.

  47. Carter Gwynn says:

    Thankfully no rapists were harmed. See tough gun laws work.

  48. Jeff Lancaster says:

    Yes, a natural consequence of moving to the left.

  49. Ed Wezain says:

    Over the years there have been numerous reports of how police departments have fudged crime statistics figures to appease senior management and city leaders. A burglary becomes petty theft, a felony battery is reduced to a simple assault and so on. I can personally recall stories of crime statistics being fudged/falsified back into the 1980’s. I doubt that human nature has changed much since then.

  50. Harry Kallehan says:


    How is that sanctuary city thing working out?


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