Published June 20, 2012
New York – Crime rose at an alarming pace across New York, with every borough reporting increases for the first time in 20 years.
Major felonies are up 4.2 percent citywide, fueled by a frightening hike in shootings, sex crimes and street robberies, according to NYPD statistics for the year to date compared with the same period in 2011.
The only silver lining was a decrease in murders, which were down 15.6 percent, from 212 to 179.
The NYPD divides the city into eight "patrol boroughs" -- and crime has gone up in each one for the first time since at least 1994, sources said.
Four main factors contributed to the spike, including a slowdown of "stop and frisks," pressure to stop downgrading crimes, a rise in grand larcenies and fewer cops on the street.
"Cops now are taking reports where they didn't in the past," one law enforcement source said.