By Bob Tannenhauser
The NYPD released the citywide crime statistics for the month of December 2022 with a comparison to December 2021. The report indicates a decrease in five of the seven major-crimes categories, with only felony assaults and grand larceny auto showing increases.
However, for the full year ending 2022 compared to 2021, the citywide crime statistics showed a 22% increase. Murder was the only major crime that showed a decrease for the year, which was offset by significant increases in robberies, burglaries, and grand larceny (including grand larceny auto), and also increases in rapes and felony assaults.
The charts below show the year-over-year comparison for the Upper West Side, including the 20th, 22nd (Central Park), and 24th precincts.
|OFFENSE||20TH Pct||22nd Pct
|24th Pct||Total UWS|
|Gr Larceny Auto||87||0||89||176|
|Offense||20th Pct||22nd Pct||24th Pct||Total UWS||Total UWS|
|Grand Larceny Auto||75||0||89||164||176||-12|
Incidents of crime in the neighborhood have increased in five of the seven major-crimes categories, from 2,227 incidents in 2021 to 2,487 in 2022, with slight decreases in rape and grand larceny auto.
During the briefing on the crime stats, it was noted that a rising number of the city’s robberies — 20% –are being committed by individuals under the age of 18.