By Bob Tannenhauser
On Monday, the NYPD released the crime statistics for the Upper West Side for the week ending August 28th, and for the first 28 days of August, with comparisons to 2021. The charts below present the data for the reported incidents for the 20th and 24th precincts, which serve the Upper West Side. The 20th and 24th precincts have each experienced an increase in crime incidents for the reported periods.
|20th Precinct||Week Ending 8/28||28 Days Ending 8/28||Year to Date|
|Grand Larceny Auto||2||1||11||7||49||60|
|24th Precinct||Week Ending 8/28||28 Days Ending 8/28||Year to Date|
|Grand Larceny Auto||1||0||6||9||57||57|
We need m,ore police-community collaboration, plus City efforts to deal with homelessness
Well everything closes so early now. Can tell if go out Fri or Sat night most places close by 10:30 and streets are empty.
It’s true. The restaurants in my 90yo mother in laws neighborhood in Florida stay open later.
A number of UWS friends have been discussing an idea. Why not a pilot program of bicycle police. 1 shift —- 1 route, up Amsterdam and down Columbus! Better for visibility, the environment, and everyone will know where they can find a couple of friendly officers when they need them. Any partners? Including the Commissioner ?
To do what? Arrest people who are immediately released?
This would be great! Maybe replace the mounted police I still see occasionally, no reason the NYPD should still ride horses in this day and age
Then MAYBE they’d be forced to find a solution to get rid of those unlicensed motorists/terrorists that regularly take over the streets.
The horses are maintained, because not only is Mounted the oldest specialty unit in the NYPD, but also because the tourists love them. They are very effective. They are chiefly in Central Park and Times Square where the tourists are. The police already use bicycles — back in the 1990s, I helped raise the money to buy new ones for the 20th Precinct.
Finally a positive idea instead of gloom and doom and apocalyptic finger pointing.
What an excellent idea. It would have a side benfit of brining some structure to the use of the bike lane.
Isn’t there a way to make this more readable?
Turn your phone horizontal
Turn your phone or tablet sideways
Yet they still waste time with things like graffiti removal. NYPD needs to prioritize better.
Graffiti removal is not a waste of time. Most people don’t want to live in slum conditions, and where slum condition flourish, so does other crimes. One use of manpower and resources has nothing to do with another use of manpower and resources. Most people can walk and chew gum at the same time.
Claire, for those of us that believe that small crimes lead to bigger crimes, graffiti removal is essential to helping foster a safe environment and more pleasant quality of life. Unless I’m mistaken, the defacing public or private property with graffiti is still illegal.
If that were true then crime would be going down, wouldn’t it? Sometimes you have to cut your losses
Holy cow. Regardless of your politics you can ignore data like this. Clearly something has gone wrong. Even if bail reform is not solely responsible for this, we need to address every possible cause, and returning cash bail is one tool to fight this. It’s a just smart public policy.
I recommend you visit the COMPSTAT page. Importantly, for the 20th Precinct, crime is up 65% in the past 2 years. and up 33% since 2010.
Sadly I don’t trust the data. I’ve seen and heard too many stories of cops dissuading people from filing reports.
I still do want to put a webcam on 96th and Broadway, to confirm that 1000 cars per day blow those traffic lights, which is my estimate.
I don’t understand. You recommend looking at the COMPSTAT stats but then say you don’t trust them?
96th and Broadway is the top of the 24th Precinct.
We need Mayor Adams, Gale Brewer and Mark Levine to wake up! This is happening on their watch!
We need more police!
Let’s do a gofundme for more police, I’ll donate!
It is so darn simple. Arrest the criminals and then keep them in jail where they belong. Wow….. what a concept.
Great idea! All you have to do is find them.
If only everyone would have not voted for Bragg. I didn’t.
Numerous phone calls to 311 and our new city councilwoman on the aggressive panhandling on Broadway from West 72nd to West 86th Street has gotten me nowhere.
Anytime my mother leaves the apartment, she lives with me, homeless man or in her face demanding money. She uses a walker and is an easy target. At this point, she’s decided only to walk with me and even so, we are both aggressively panhandle.
I also have a young daughter, age 12, and I cannot believe the lewd comments that the homeless man make towards her. She does not look like an older teenager, she still looks like a child. I can’t help but wonder, how many of these homeless men are pedophiles?
Really disgusted with the Democrats and the protection of criminals over innocent children and the elderly.
Unfortunately the police either ignore or falsify 311 responses regularly, NYPD needs to be held accountable to the citizens of NYC…
Dad, how do you spin this to blame the police. They get zero support and you’re quick to put it on them, they still do their jobs very admirably under the most adverse conditions. And when they get in a situation they know it’s unlikely that the suits will have their back. Further, what do you think it does. To their morale when they risk their lives arresting violent criminals only to have them released before the ink is dry on the perps fingerprints. Open your eyes!!
Homeless = Pedophiles = Democrats. Trumpist, much?
Typical. No concern for children or the elderly. Trumpist? So wishing to walk down the street without being harassed is bad? Children being sexually harassed isn’t a problem?
It’s the same people committing these crimes over and over again.
The owner of a mom and pop store said he was probably going to have to close permanently because he was now losing money. He said the police do come quickly, but the same guy keeps coming back with a duffle bag.
Head scratcher how anyone thought bail reform was a good thing? Seems like our politicians are really out of touch and tone death to the citizens of Manhattan.
It’s remarkable to me that the left cheers when Biden says that the safety and security of the American citizens is his number one priority, but if you say that running for office in NYC, you’re booed. The hypocrisy is glaring.
We need more cops and cameras on the UWS. Also get rid of bail reform, releasing criminals, legalization of marijuana
Legalizing pot has nothing to do with crime at all.
It sure does. When weed was legalized in western states car accidents in those states went up as a result. And don’t tell me causing car accidents is not a crime
For those city residents who remember , , , Bloomberg and DeBlasio reduced the number of NYPD Officers tremendously. We need to increase and maintain a higher number of police officers, specifically Beat Cops! I have been a resident of the UWS for 55 years and I never see a Police Officer walking the streets.
Yes! I remember as a child seeing the same officer for several years on my block in Westgate Village. I knew him by name and he would always be there in the evenings twirling his baton and whistling a tune. On several occassions he would give me a try at twirling the baton….I almost knocked myself out! It wasn’t just him, every 3-4 blocks there would be an officer twirling the baton.
During the blackout of 1965 I remember looking out the window hoping my Mom made it home from work safely, and there he was twirling his baton. I knew my Mom was safe.
Who would want to join the NYPD right now? They are retiring in droves. Nearly 2000 cops have retired before they reach full pension so far this year. More than double last year’s retirement rate. People shriek about cops being racist if they try to engage and lazy if they don’t. Sad at how short memories are–this is the same NYPD that willingly drove downtown on 9/11.
Thank you for your support of the hardworking men and women of the NYPD.
Thanks for the censorship. I said absolutely nothing controversial. You are doing some great reporting but offsetting it by heavy handed censorship, particularly since you let some absolute rubbish go through.
The correlation between recent crime increases, which are occurring in lots of big cities without recent bail reforms, and bail reform isn’t at all clear.
Bail reform was enacted to stop the justice system from criminalizing poverty. Fewer people are languishing in jail, away from their jobs and families, because they can’t afford pre-trial bail and I think this is a good thing.
So, judges and police officers who deal with criminals on a daily basis are wrong when they say bail reform is a problem?
If the neighborhood hired a private security force of well-paid, well-educated, and well-trained individuals, we would undoubtedly see a significant reduction in crime. At this time, I have no confidence in our current leadership and the character of our current police force.
My opinion is to move the conversation of grouping criminals, mentally ill, and homeless as one group. Each of these categories need addressing individually and with different outcomes/resolutions.
These statistics are interesting, but I’d like to see a comparison of 2022 and a “normal” year? Certainly 2020 and 2021 were anything but normal. I’d be interested in a comparison with 2018.
Remember a couple of years ago there were thousand of people in the street? Protesting the NYPD, Yelling F the Police, Defund the Police, Thousands of people, while MILLIONS of New Yorkers stood by and watched as their Police Department was Attacked, watched as their Police Department was Defunded, watched their Police Department be Destroyed. The morale of the NYPD has been destoyed and will never come back. Few people want the job anymore recuitement is nearly impossible and Cops are leaving in record numbers. Couple this with Alvin Bragg and Bail reform and it’s almost certain crime will continue to rise.
My cousin is a retired NYPD officer. She told me over dinner last week in Connecticut, where I have moved after having been born in NYC, and spent my entire adult life, that crime in the city will continue to increase, because the police know they cannot do their jobs any longer.