Crime in NYCHA

The Story

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New York City’s public housing complexes are more dangerous now than they were a decade ago. In an effort to tackle rising crime at New York City Housing Authority properties, Mayor de Blasio last summer committed more than $210 million to an “Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety” at 15 of the city’s worst-affected projects. The data demonstrate that intensive policing coupled with simple solutions–such as better lighting–can help suppress violent crime. However, the city still has a long way to go toward making NYCHA safe.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Crime Spike: Major crime —shootings, murders, assaults, and robbery — in NYCHA projects spiked 31% between 2009 and 2013, growing ten times faster than total crime citywide. Read more.  

  2. Stubborn: While total crime is down 3.1% in the city as a whole this year, crime on NYCHA properties has remained steady. Read more

  3. Targeted Efforts: Major crime dropped 8% in the areas targeted by the mayor’s Action Plan, but went up 2% in the rest of the system over the last year.  Read the new report


Exclusive Release

Today’s Beat features our first ever exclusive release of a Manhattan Institute report. “Poverty and Progress VI” takes a look at crime trends in public housing with a focus on the 15 housing projects targeted by the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety. Read the full report here and look out for more Beat Exclusives.

“Any resident of a public housing development that worries about a violent criminal in their midst, they’re right. Violent criminals shouldn’t be there. We’re going to use every power we have to exclude them.”

Mayor de Blasio

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On The Calendar

November 19

November 19, 2015 | New York City

The Beat is hosting its first panel discussion! Join us, Commissioner Bratton, Phil Walzak, Fred Siegel, and Jason Riley for a conversation about quality of life in the city. NY1 Anchor Errol Louis will moderate and you can watch the livestream by following @TheBeatMI on Twitter. Tweet your questions to #QOLWeek.