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Crime rates rise outside of NYC in 2023 due to car thefts and shoplifting, report finds

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Rising store thefts and a surge in car thefts pushed New York’s crime rates up in 2023, according to new data.


While violent crime fell by 4% outside New York City, overall crime increased due to a spike in larcenies and car thefts. Last year saw around 193,000 reported crimes, a 21% rise over two years. Most were non-violent thefts, with 133,000 incidents reported.

Car thefts nearly tripled since 2019, with 20,615 vehicles stolen in 2023, largely in Rochester and Buffalo. Viral videos showing how to steal certain models, particularly Kia and Hyundai, fueled the increase. In response, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced a $5 million initiative to address car thefts and other youth crimes.



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