The NYPD pointed out in a press release Friday how the city is riddled with crime, saying the grim statistics show how the Big Apple’s bad guys are no longer afraid of getting caught.
The number of shootings in the city rose 13.4% in July compared to the same month last year, and the homicide rate has become even more alarming at 34.3%, according to the department.
The total number of major crimes also increased by 30.5%, driven in part by a 40.6% increase in major thefts.
“Usually they twist the numbers to make the bad look good,” said a surprised Queens police officer.
A Manhattan cop asked sarcastically, “Why don’t the police just raise the white flag?”
The latest alarming numbers came amid Mayor Adams’ ongoing battle to convince Albany lawmakers to roll back the state’s controversial 2010 reform bill.
As part of that effort, the NYPD released a “Worst of the Worst” list of repeat offenders this week, led by an ex-con with 101 arrests, including 88 arrests that followed after the bail reform came into 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 can’t do it alone,” Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in a prepared statement Friday.
“If violent criminals are willing to carry illegal weapons on our streets and brutally shoot innocent people, they must face real consequences.”
One senior officer said of Friday’s press release, “They’re basically screaming they need help.
“We don’t have enough cops and the criminals go right back out on the streets and commit crimes.”
Sources told The Post that on Friday, six people were injured by gunfire in six incidents in the city in less than 12 hours, starting shortly after midnight.
The victims, all men, 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