Murders, Rapes Spike in New York City

The New York City Police Department is launching a 5-part plan to address an increase in murders and rapes.

There were 52 murders during the first two months of 2018, which is about a 37 percent increase from a year ago. Rapes also jumped by 19 percent in the past year, from 240 to 285.

The bad news is we see some areas of real concern, particularly when it comes to homicide. We take that very, very seriously,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

As part of the 5-point plan, the NYPD has identified four troubling precincts for crime. At least eight additional officers will be sent to each of those precincts.

“They will be deployed by the precinct executive officer at highly visible locations and at critical times when and where this violence has occurred,” Chief of Department Terence Monahan said.

The NYPD is also increasing its partnership with the Brooklyn D.A., expanding ceasefire efforts and is launching a pilot program to deal with domestic violence gun investigations.

This five-point plan is doubling down on our commitment to the safety of every single New Yorker. The residents of every borough in every neighborhood on every block have the right to be safe and to feel safe, while, at the same time, sharing trust and respect with our local cops. We hold ourselves to this standard,” Monahan said.

Overall, crime is down more than 8 percent in the city.

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