BROOKLYN, NY – A continued drop in shootings in Brooklyn and across the city has brought levels of gun violence closer to where they were before the pandemic than during a spike in criminal offenses last year, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The mayor said Thursday that 5 of New York City’s eight patrol areas – with each in Brooklyn – had both returned or were on their way to pre-pandemic areas, persisting with a drop in gun violence that started in June.
The numbers are great news for the North Brooklyn Patrol Office, which has become a hotspot of violence throughout the surge in coronavirus-related disaster crime. North Brooklyn, at its peak, recorded over 100 shootings in a single month during the past summer season.
“It’s a place historically that would have been considered one of New York’s toughest neighborhoods,” de Blasio said. “This is one of the places where we have seen the greatest progress.
As of the end of August, every neighborhood in northern Brooklyn and southern Manhattan was approaching their 2019 gun violence levels, based on statistics.
The number of shots in 2021 had already reached the 2019 ranges at the Brooklyn South and Queens North patrol offices and was lower than the 2019 ranges on Staten Island, de Blasio said.
The mayor said there was still work to be done in the Bronx, upper Manhattan and southern Queens, where the number of shootings is still close to the gun violence seen in 2020.
The numbers are the most recent step presented by Metropolitan officers as an indication that their Safe Summer NYC initiative has worked to contain the spike in pandemic crime.
Earlier this month, the mayor said there had been a 47.7% drop in shootings in Brooklyn during the month of August compared to last year.
Even with the drop, there have still been tons of shootings in Brooklyn this year.
In the North Brooklyn Patrol Office – which stretches from Crown Heights, East New York and Downtown Brooklyn to Greenpoint – there have been 251 shootings this year, up from 318 during the same period in 2020, according to information from the NYPD. Brooklyn South saw 132 shootings in 2021, up from 168 the year before.
Citywide, there is a drop in shootings of 19% at this point this year and a 28% drop in the number of murders, according to the mayor.
NYPD agents have touted the increased number of gun arrests as the cause of the drop in crime. Numerous high-profile gang cut-outs also contributed to the decline, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea.