The press haven’t pressed the police on it, but “New York’s Finest” have been playing silly buggers with the crime rate for decades, reducing crime stats, rather than crime itself. It’s a particularly galling fraud given that New York City Mayor and gun grabber Michael Bloomberg points to his patch as proof that anti-pistol policies create a safer city. Flash forward to today and the media is no longer asleep at the switch. Ish. “Some of Manhattan’s wealthiest neighborhoods are exploding in a wave of violent crime that hearkens back to the bad old days when people feared going out at night, according to NYPD data obtained by The Post . . .
Chelsea, Gramercy Park, TriBeCa, SoHo and Midtown South all posted a frightening rise in rapes in the first three months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012. Felony assaults in the usually peaceful West Village nearly tripled, the new crime statistics show . . .
Increases in rapes, felony assault and grand larceny sent Village crime stats rocketing 28.7 percent during the Jan. 1-to-April 7 reporting period, the figures show.
The 13th Precinct (Gramercy) and the 1st Precinct (TriBeCa, SoHo and the Financial District) each reported five rapes since January, up from two each in the same period a year ago.
Chelsea’s 10th Precinct recorded four rapes, up from none a year ago, and saw a 61.5 percent hike in felony assaults, from 13 to 21.
The West Village’s 6th Precinct reported 44 felony assaults so far this year — up from 16 — for a 175 percent spike, while grand larceny jumped 36.6 percent to 351 incidents, against 257. There were two rapes, compared with one a year ago.
Now you could say that the percentage increases are misleading. That the absolute numbers and the overall percentage (of the population) affected is low. But then I’d refer you to the top of this article and ask what the real stats are. And pull the “if an armed civilian stops just one rape it’s worth it” card.
Given that these are some tony neighborhoods, what’s the bet that Hizzoner will instruct the Police Chief to redeploy troops—sorry, police into these ‘hoods to protect the city’s political and financial elite—leaving other areas with less “juice” with less police presence.
At the same time, I’d like to see how many pistol permit holders live in these areas and how that number has increased. Not their names or exact addresses, but the total number and borough location. I imagine that would be instructive, on some level. [h/t b0bb33z3r]