CBS New York reports:
The NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio have boasted about a continued drop in crime citywide, but a closer look at those numbers finds a disturbing trend being masked by an overall lower crime rate.
Murders and reported rapes across the five boroughs have spiked through the first two months of 2019.
According to the NYPD’s weekly CompStat reports, 51 murders were reported through Feb. 24 – a staggering 50-percent increase from the same point last year.
While the latest CompStat report claims there has been an 8.3 percent decrease in crime, those numbers don’t include misdemeanor offenses in their totals.
There has also been no change in the level of shooting incidents around the five boroughs this year.
The only area of increased crime city officials have repeatedly addressed is the spike in hate crimes. Through Feb. 17, the number of bias attacks had jumped by a stunning 72 percent from 2018.