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. Portland tony

    I guess with all the water damage, empty store shelves, and everybody on the streets ..etc....there wasn't much left to steal! 🙂

    November 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • GatorALLin

      yes, the storm removed 27% of the stuff to steal.... LOL

      November 7, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Well, no duh.

    November 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    I've often wondered if its considered looting if you break into a deserted flooded store and take baby diapers and food, bottled water and milk before it spoils? Are you a thief or just trying to survive?

    November 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I would consider it survival, but if it's a flat screen tv...well, that's different, no?

      November 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      My point being that during disasters, people loot to survive ...no not Kobe's shoes or flat screen TVs etc....... but basic foodstuff ...I remember people (poor) being shot at and arrested during the LA riots and Katrina for just trying to survive!

      November 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sure, if there is a natural disaster, some looting is bound to happen, with that said, the LA riots were a disaster soley of their own making; the looting that went on there was not of one of survival, but for gain.
      Apples and oranges.
      One cannot eat a big screen tv, and there really isn't an excuse for breaking into an appliance store for "survival".

      November 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      @banasy....It wasn't "their" making. There were many minorities who were trapped by the violence of a relatively few. I lived in LA at the time...miles from the violence and I can guarantee not everyone of African ancestry was running around with a torch.

      November 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The riots were caused by those few, no?
      And I realized that many were affected by those riots; it does NOT give ANYONE an excuse to break into businesses for their own monetary gain.
      MY point is that in a natural disaster, some looting for survival can be expected; but grabbing all the TV's and jewelry does not in any way, shape, or form consti tute relieving hunger pains.
      The riots were NOT caused by a natural disaster, which was my original point.

      And PLEASE do not attempt to paint me as racist, for that would be extremely disingenuous of you, and totally erroneous.

      November 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      completely agree with banasy©

      November 8, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • the truth

      the LA riot was caused by the few? All I remember was a bunch of blacks robbing koreans.

      November 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Lol @ Portland Tony, wouldnt you be considered both?

    November 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chloe

    I think that more people should help so people would recover faster.

    November 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hip Hop Says

    Not sure why a drop in detention is assuming there's a drop in crime....with officers on sandy duty there just isn't anyone capturing criminals, investigating existing caseloads, etc.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. humanone

    I guess all the criminals were swept out to sea... alas!

    November 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SlimJim8878

    Reported crime is lower, not actual crime. Cops are too busy to arrest everyone who is looting and fighting at gas stations. Listen to a police scanner in NY and you’ll hear a much different story.

    November 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TeamChaos

      Shhhhhhhhhhh the liberal media has scanners but they will not report facts.

      November 8, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. al

    naaa just harder to catch because the security cameras are out

    November 8, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. TeamChaos

    Because criminals do not want to be shot. And there is no more sitting at home doing nothing

    November 8, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bobby G.

    I've just completed a multi-million dollar grant from the NYC government to study this phenomenon. My conclusion: Criminals like to stay warm and comfortable too. Ya think.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EON

    Crime down 27%, huh? The last time NYC experienced those numbers Charles Bronson was in town.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. frank g

    mother nature has is something no nobody can stop it in anyway sad too see people loose there homes , from au

    November 9, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Stephanie d

    9 months from now there will be a baby boom.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. Vala

    First of all I wish America a fast recovery especially the families who lost their loved ones...

    There is always a turning point in eberyone's life. Such moments can change criminals – we should support the change.

    November 9, 2012 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
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