Police: Crime in New York City plummeted in week after Sandy
A New York police officer checks that at least 3 people are inside cars before they enter the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, per Sandy-related carpool limits. While such duties kept police busy, crime overall was down 27% in the past week.
November 5th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

Police: Crime in New York City plummeted in week after Sandy

Over the past week, New York City police have been plenty busy helping those in the five boroughs deal with the aftermath of devastating floods, major wind damage and widespread power outages. But they might be able to thank Superstorm Sandy for one thing: a drop in crime.

Comparing the most recent seven-day stretch with the same period last year, the New York Police Department today reported a 27% decrease in crime since the storm hit. In raw numbers, that translates to 1,509 alleged crimes compared to 2,164 in November 2011.

This is despite 123 storm-related arrests documented by the department, including 54 for alleged burglaries and 41 related to issues involving frustrated drivers as they waited (sometimes for hours) for gas.

There were double-digit drops in several crime categories, led by an 86% drop in murder arrests. (Of course, Sandy was lethal –  causing 40 deaths in the city alone.)

Detentions tied to grand larceny were lower by 47% (20% for automobiles), rape-related arrests fell by 41%, alleged robberies were down 21%, and there were 19% fewer felonious assault cases.

The only major class of crimes in which there were more arrests were burglaries, and even then it was just a 6% jump.

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  1. jake

    Crime victims are too busy standing in line all day for food, water and gas to report their homes have been looted.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. the truth

    because all the welfare sucking babies were washed to sea

    November 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. RichP

    Only 27%, I would have figured higher, they must have started to let the politicians back in town... :-)

    November 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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