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New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in a recent interview that “everything falls apart” in the face of a lack of public safety, but experts told Fox News Digital that restoring law and order to the most country’s largest will probably take longer than some think.
Meanwhile, gruesome and violent crimes continue to terrorize unsuspecting residents, often at random, and New Yorkers hope they don’t become the next victim.
Total crime in New York City is up 42.8% this year as of Sunday compared to the same period last year, according to the most recent statistics from the New York Police Department. The NYPD saw increases in six of the seven total “index” crimes. Rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary and grand auto theft are up, while murders are down 13.1%, the data shows.
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The number of shootings increased slightly by 8.6% and the number of injuries increased by 2.2%.
Meanwhile, traffic offenses are up 65.3% year-to-date through Sunday, with 706 reported this year compared to 427 for the same period in 2021, police said.
After the month of March saw an overall crime rate increase of 36.5%, the NYPD described how the city administration was culminating “an historic period for an administration approaching its 100th day in the position,” according to a press release from early April.
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On Tuesday, during an event marking his first 100 days in office, Adams announced that he would allocate $256 million to public safety.
“We cannot have a city where people are afraid to walk the streets, ride the subway or send their children to school,” he said. “We will do whatever it takes to make all of our communities safe. You have my word as a former police officer, fellow New Yorker, and mayor.”
By the time he took office in January, Adams had already spent months defending the platform that he would squash crime and bring law and order back to the city.
“It’s a ship that has stood its ground and is slowly sinking,” said Eli Silverman, a professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. “It’s going to take a while to remodel that ship.”
Silverman attributed the rise in crime to a “combination of factors,” including a “slump” in the practices of Adams’s predecessor, Bill de Blasio.
“Police have increasingly felt ignored, in some cases disrespected, by their politicians. And also the backlash against police departments in general, with these terrible incidents and the rise of Black Lives Matter has made police in general more cautious,” he told Fox News. Digital.
Silverman added that district attorneys who have “relaxed sentences for low-level crimes” have contributed to the problem.
“The problem is that we are entering the summer, when crime tends to increase,” he said.
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Silverman, who is also the co-author of a book, “The Crime Numbers Game,” said it was too early to attribute the high crime figures to Adams, a former police officer, adding that “the honeymoon for a new mayor is not so long.” “
Since taking office, Adams has reestablished the NYPD’s gun-focused crime unit under a different name, unveiled his “Plan to End Gun Violence,” launched a plan to try to clean up subways and launched a new strategy aimed at targeting low-level crime offenders in an effort to stop violent crime before it starts.
Silverman said that at least one of Adams’s policies, the “Blueprint,” was “strong in general.”
In early February, Silverman and a colleague, co-author, and retired New York Police Department Captain John Eterno wrote an op-ed in the New York Daily News, calling Adams’ “Blueprint” promising. , but had significant gaps. ”
“He doesn’t explain how the money will be spent or what goals will be achieved. This plan does not confer personal responsibility on any individual. Even a plan must reference data and a basic understanding of how it will be achieved,” he said. couple wrote. “In the past, these altruistic schemes look wonderful on paper, but they don’t get results.”
Adams has often been outspoken about his crime-fighting plans and efforts.
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In early January, after city resident Michelle Alyssa Go was fatally pushed in front of a train in a busy Manhattan station, Adams said the young woman’s death “really doubled our concerns that our system needs to be secure.” “.
“It must be safe from real crime, which we are going to do,” he said. “And it should be safe from those who feel that there is a total level of disorder in our subway system.”
When an 11-month-old girl was caught in the crossfire and shot in the head in late January, an outraged Adams told reporters, “It’s unimaginable that this is happening in our city.”
“I will stay on these streets until this city is safe,” he said at the time. “I’m not going to give this city over to violence.”
Weeks later, with tears in his eyes, he called on city agencies to do more to help youth at risk of becoming involved in lives of crime. She said the city “must step up, save the children who are falling upriver.”
During an interview with CBS 60 Minutes, which aired Sunday, Adams said, “If you don’t have public safety, everything falls apart.
“And I have to make sure the city is safe,” he added.
On Tuesday, Adams said city law enforcement has taken 2,300 illegal guns off the streets since he was elected. Overall, subway arrests are up 63% this year compared to 2021, and the New York Police Department has made about 60% of arrests related to assaults on city workers, the New York Police Department said. Monday NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox during an MTA board meeting.
A spokesperson for his office previously told Fox News Digital that public safety is Adams’ “top priority.”
“He is working every day to remove guns from our streets, protect our communities, and create a safe, prosperous and fair city for all New Yorkers,” the spokesperson said in an email earlier this month. “As the mayor has said, it’s as much about reducing crime in the city as it is about the perception of crime. This won’t happen overnight, but we’re taking some of the most important actions in years to protect New Yorkers because we will never stop fighting to protect the residents of this city.
New York City Councilman Joe Borelli said Adams “is right to make crime his number one focus.”
“And until we see our rates come down, it has to be the only thing you talk about,” he added.
Borelli, a Republican and New York City Council Minority Leader, said he sympathizes with Adams and the NYPD, whose efforts are hampered by state bail laws that allow armed criminals in some cases to be released just hours after being arrested.
“Until there is serious remediation of the constant recidivism of offenders, I’m afraid the NYPD will not be able to stop the problem,” Borelli told Fox News Digital. “If we let people out in a matter of hours, there’s almost nothing we can do.”
He added that the “biggest problem” was not a lack of police enforcement, but a lack of criminal justice accountability.
“Our last mayor spent eight years trying to artificially reduce the population of Rikers Island,” Borelli said. “And New Yorkers are just beginning to realize that there was a good reason so many of those people were trapped on Rikers Island.”
Former New York Police Commissioner Howard Safir expressed similar thoughts as the other experts. He said fixing New York City’s crime problem will take time, as Adams must pick up the pieces of a New York City still reeling from his predecessor.
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“What Mayor Adams needs to do is correct eight years of causing crime to rise by a Mayor de Blasio who sent signs [to] criminals that it was okay to commit crimes in New York,” Safir told Fox News Digital by telephone.
“It’s not going to be long before crime continues to rise if the NYPD doesn’t do very assertive and effective policing. And that’s what Mayor Adams promised, and I hope that’s what he will do.”