New York City’s outgoing Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared last weekend on “Fox News Sunday” and took the opportunity to claim that New York is “much safer” than when he entered office eight years ago. De Blasio’s boast comes amid this year’s surge in violent crime and murders.
The Mayor said that major crimes are down 11 percent in his eight years thanks to his “bringing police and community closer together.” The major crimes index standing alone does not consider the skyrocketing murder rate this year and in 2020.
The city saw 318 murders in de Blasio’s first year in office, 2013. The homicide number for 2020 was 437, and so far, in 2021, it stands at 443. The surge in New York is consistent with an increase in murder statistics around the country. Several Democrat-controlled large American cities have already set murder records this year.
The major crimes index that has gone down since 2013 includes reported murders, robberies, burglaries, aggravated assaults, and auto thefts. Hate crimes in the city have nearly doubled in the last year, with 503 hate crimes reported this year so far. The total number of hate crimes reported in 2020 was 252.
NYC Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said that the surge in hate crimes could be blamed on bail reforms. He said that putting people on the street who have been “traditionally held in jail” while expecting them to behave differently is “not working out.”
Democrat Eric Adams ran on a strong anti-crime platform. He also has spoken out against bail reforms, explicitly pointing out the recent arson case involving the 50-foot Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters in Manhattan. He said that judges should make an individualized determination on each case about bail and pretrial release of dangerous persons arrested for serious crimes.