By Joy Bergmann
Of the 77 precincts in New York City, the 20th Precinct has shown the largest decline in crime – year to date – compared to 2018, Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin announced at Monday night’s Community Council Meeting. “We’re down 42.8% versus last year,” he said.
The increasing safety of the area continues a trend seen in the regularly updated CompStat reports posted on the 20th Precinct’s website. Comparing 2018’s data to 1990’s numbers for major crimes like robbery, rape and felonious assault, the crime rate has fallen over 85%, according to the most recently posted report.
“I don’t want to get anyone’s hopes up for the rest of the year,” Malin said, “but right now the crime decline on the Upper West Side is phenomenal.”
Crime rates are similarly falling in the northern portion of the UWS covered by the 24th Precinct, led by Captain Seth Lynch.