The NYPD pointed out in a press release Friday just how crime-riddled the city is, saying the grim statistics show how the Big Apple’s bad guys no longer fear getting caught.
Citywide shootings surged 13.4% in July compared to the same month last year, and murders increased an even more alarming 34.3%, according to the department.
The overall rate of major crimes also rose 30.5%, driven in part by a 40.6% surge in grand larcenies.
“Usually they are spinning the numbers to make the bad look good,” an astounded Queens cop said.
A Manhattan cop asked sarcastically, “Why doesn’t the Police Department just raise the white flag?”
The latest alarming figures emerged amid Mayor Adams’ ongoing battle to convince Albany lawmakers to roll back the state’s controversial 2010 bail reform law.
As part of that effort, the NYPD this week released a “Worst of the Worst” list of repeat offenders, led by an ex-con with 101 arrests, including 88 busts that came after bail reform took effect in 2020.
“Everyone who lives, works, and visits here deserves to be safe, and the members of the NYPD will tolerate nothing less – but we cannot do it alone,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in a prepared statement Friday.
“When violent criminals are willing to carry illegal guns on our streets and brazenly shoot at innocent people, they must face real consequences.”
A veteran cop said of Friday’s press release, “They’re basically shouting out that they need help.
“We don’t have enough cops, and the criminals are getting right back out onto the street and committing crimes.”
Sources told The Post that six people were wounded by gunfire Friday in six incidents across the city in fewer than 12 hours, beginning shortly after midnight.
The victims, all males, ranged in age from 16 to 29, and the shootings took place in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, sources said.
-Additional reporting by Bruce Golding