By Bob Tannenhauser
On Monday, the New York Police Department released the citywide crime statistics for the month of November, 2022, with a comparison to November, 2021. While the “overall index crime [sic] in New York City decreased by 1.2% in November 2022 compared with November 2021,” according to the report, there was a 70% increase in the number of reported hate-crime incidents. The Rag did a deeper dive into the available data to determine how the hate-crime rise played out on the Upper West Side.
The first two charts below present the data for the city as a whole, followed by the reported incidents for the Upper West Side (20th and 24th precincts), sorted by bias motivation.
The data reflects a steady rise in overall hate crimes in the city, except for a decline during the height of the pandemic in 2020. There was a clear spike in Anti-Asian hate crimes following the pandemic. Anti-Jewish hate crimes, which were trending upward prior to the pandemic, also continued to rise following a pandemic dip.
New York City
|Bias Motivation||2017||2018||2019||2020||2021||2022* Thru November|
Overall, year to date, crime reported on the Upper West Side has increased in the seven major crimes categories, from 2,009 incidents in 2021, to 2,266 thru 12/4/2022. Petit larceny increased from 2,372 incidents in 2021, to 2,892 in 2022 through 12/4/2022. The following chart reflects the individual crime incidents for the 20th precinct and the 24th precinct.
|CRIME||Pct||2021 incidents||2022 Incidents||PERCENT CHANGE|
|Grand Larceny Auto||20th||83||69||-16.9%|