Governor Kathy Hochul detailed a comprehensive overview of New York State’s crime trends for 2023, reporting a decrease in violent crimes. During the first six months of the year, there was a 6 percent decline in violent crime outside New York City, including drops in murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. New York City also saw reductions in serious crime categories, with notable decreases in murders, rapes, and burglaries.
Governor Hochul presented the findings at the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police’s Leadership Summit in Albany, affirming her administration’s commitment to reducing crime. She credited strategic investments and partnerships at all government levels for the progress, emphasizing the importance of supporting law enforcement and community organizations in achieving historic lows in crime rates.
The positive trends in crime statistics were coupled with a significant reduction in violent crimes involving firearms across the state. Outside New York City, firearm-related violent crimes decreased by 16 percent, while New York City reported a 26 percent decline in shooting incidents and a 28 percent drop in individuals injured by gunfire. However, these improvements were contrasted by increases in motor vehicle thefts and a slight uptick in larcenies reported outside New York City. Governor Hochul underscored the effectiveness of recent investments, including the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative and targeted actions to combat vehicle thefts, as part of New York’s comprehensive public safety strategy.
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