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NYC Crime Surge Continues: Shootings Up 166% in August Compared to 2019

The wave of violence in the Big Apple continues to rear its ugly head, as New York City saw an increase in overall crime last month compared to the same time in 2019, according to the latest NYPD statistics.

For the month of August 2020, there was a 166% increase in the number of shooting incidents across the city compared to the same time period last year (242 v. 91) as the number of shootings rose in all boroughs except Staten Island. Year-to-date, through August 31, there is a +87% spike in citywide shooting incidents (1,014 compared to 541).

The number of people murdered citywide increased to 53 compared to 36 (+ 47%) this August compared with August 2019.

Meanwhile, the number of robberies increased to 1,276 compared to 1,226 (+4%) and the number of burglaries increased to 1,310 compared to 1,076 (+22%) year-to-date through August 31 citywide. Overall crime for August 2020 increased to 9,093 compared to 9,033 (+0.7%).

In August 2020, gun arrests increased with a total of 359 gun arrests made by the NYPD compared to 357 in August 2019.

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