Shootings Increase

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Though crime in New York City remains historically low, a recent spate of shootings may be cause for concern. Gang activity in Brooklyn and Queens has resulted in upticks in gun violence and homicides. Up to now, the NYPD has been successful in curtailing such flare-ups, but a more lenient approach to lower-level criminality may have a more lasting effect.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Out: The trend toward decarceration is leaving dangerous people on the streets. Read more.

  2. Low: New York City is increasingly ignoring “low-level” crimes; in the past, prosecuting such offenses has helped nab wanted criminals. Read more.

  3. Quiet: Crime in New York is concentrated in a handful of neighborhoods, and for those residents, NYC does not seem like a very safe city. Read more.

“The criminal-justice system will fail to keep us safe if those already known to be dangerous are allowed to roam free.”

Rafael Mangual, Manhattan Institute fellow and deputy director of legal policy

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The Past is Present

Ending Broken Windows? By Matthew Hennessey (January 5, 2015)

“It’s hard to miss the irony: the same people who have called for an end to Broken Windows-style policing in New York City now blast cops for engaging in a work slowdown.”

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“Noise complaints about helicopters flying over New York City are on course to reach a record level this year.”