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Crime still up in NYC this year — despite drop-off due to coronavirus

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Crime in the Big Apple remained up through the first four months of the year — despite a stark decline over the last six weeks as the pandemic coronavirus has helped deter criminals.

In April, the NYPD reported a nearly 30 percent dip in major crime, with almost 2,000 fewer felonies occurring during the outbreak, according to NYPD data released Monday.

Robberies, assaults, and grand larcenies all saw a decrease compared to last year — with grand larcenies driving the downward trend with resident reporting half the theft last month with only 1,566.

But with people stuck inside, criminals have taken aim at empty homes and businesses. Burglaries jumped by about 200 compared to 2019 as thieves targeted closed-up commercial spots in more than half the 942 burglaries logged.

In addition, nearly 200 more cars were stolen this April compared to last year.

“With unparalleled commitment, strength and fairness that is at the core of our agency’s mission, the men and women of the NYPD are maintaining operational continuity and public safety during this ongoing COVID-19 outbreak,” Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement.

Over the first four months, crime was still up 2.6 percent, the data shows.

Following one of Gotham’s most deadly years recently, murder had ticked down through the first quarter — but as of Monday, killings were back up.

Through April, the city had 102 murders compared to 98 last year over that time.

The number of stolen cars through year-to-date saw the largest increase — jumping by nearly 65 percent from 1,294 to 2,1,21.

Burglaries were also significantly up for the year — from 3,265 in 2019 to 4,208 in 2020 — reporting an almost 30 percent increase, according to the NYPD, which reclassified almost 150 crimes as burglaries that occurred over the first three months.

Robbery was up around 12 percent, while grand larceny was down nearly 10 percent and rape down almost 30 percent.

The NYPD retroactively added 264 crimes, not including reclassified burglaries and murders, from the first three months but did not say how they were categorized in major felonies.

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