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Comparing crime today with the 1980s is not enough

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Mayor Eric Adams certainly wanted to allay fears when he noticed Sunday that crime in the city is not as bad as it was in the 1980s and early 90s. But that doesn’t make New Yorkers feel safer.

“I was in town when [crime] Mid 80’s early 90’s out of control,” Adams replied when asked about New Yorkers feeling “unnerved” after last week’s subway attack.

Yes, crime used to be much worse: the city’s homicide count peaked in 1990 at 2,262; by 2017 they had fallen to just 292.

But they crept back in every year since 2017 and reached 488 last year. They’re slightly below that rate so far this year, but the city has seen a 43 percent increase in total serious crimes, including auto theft (71%), assault (25%), rape (15%) ), robbery (48%). ) and Grand Theft (55%). Serious crimes are going on in the subway 68% higher than at this point last year.

The problem, of course, is that New York lawmakers have turned sharply against the police and in favor of the criminals. The moment Adam’s predecessor, Bill de Blasio, took office, he beat the Bulls and done the case against the city’s stop-and-frisk practices that tie the hands of future mayors. He then finished “breaking glass” policing, scrapped the city’s covert anti-gun squads, and assisted criminal judges and prosecutors.

Meanwhile, Albany has adopted disastrously flawed measures like non-cash deposit, tougher new defense rules for prosecutors, and the Raise the Age Act, which puts nearly all 16- and 17-year-old offenders out of serious action in the adult court system. During the George Floyd riots of 2020, hostility towards police officers intensified, and the city actually cut NYPD funding.

Last year, the The city council made it much easier to sue individual cops for workplace activities. This forces every officer to think twice before doing their job.

So never mind the 80s; The rise in crime in New York City is bad – and getting worse. Adams has vowed to turn it around, and he’s clearly trying. But he has to undo a lot of bad policies to get significant results.

And nothing less than results, Mr. Mayor, will calm New Yorkers’ fears.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/18/sorry-mayor-adams-comparing-crime-now-to-the-80s-wont-cut-it/ Comparing crime today with the 1980s is not enough

DUSTIN JONES

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