NYC’s revolving door of injustice: Repeat offenders to blame for soaring crime rate, police say


NEW YORK, NY – Repeat offenders are fueling a crime wave in New York City, according to an NYPD report that is no surprise to police, residents and criminals alike.

For the first three months of 2022, crime rose a stunning 44% in the five boroughs that comprise New York City, according to NYPD data released April 6.

Top New York Police Department brass attended a news conference announcing the report. Attendee NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said:

“It’s clear what we are confronting: A perception among criminals that there are no consequences, even for serious crime.” 

The increase came in every category except murder, which ticked down from 105 killings in 2021 to 96 killings in the same period of 2022, according to NYPD data.

Police reported 29,608 crimes in the first three months of 2022, compared with 20,543 in the same period of 2021. Rapes were up 16%, to 410 in 2022 from 354 in 2021. Robbery, assault, burglary, theft and auto theft also rose in the beleaguered city. So far this year 332 people have been shot, up from the 190 reported in the same period of 2021.

The most significant fact in this crime report is that the number of repeat criminals appears to prove law enforcement’s claims that bail reform laws and lax sentencing have created lawlessness on the city’s streets.

More than 500 suspects have been arrested three times in 2022 on robbery, burglary or shoplifting charges, police said at the news conference.


Among those repeat offenders are 91 people arrested three or more times for burglary, said NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael Lipetri. He noted that 64 suspects have been arrested at least three times this year for robberies and 379 people have been arrested three times this year for shoplifting. Lipetri said:.

“What we’re seeing obviously is recidivism. But what we’re also seeing here is, less people incarcerated.”

Many law enforcement officials have complained about lenient bail laws that put suspects back on the streets instead of in jail as their cases make their way through the courts.

Lipetri said:

“The rising recidivism in New York City is up substantially from 2019. The data is clear and simple. Individuals that continue to get arrested multiple times continue and continue to commit these crimes.” 

In an effort to control rising crime amid widespread condemnation from citizens and police, Mayor Eric Adams, a retired NYPD captain, has rolled out a new version of a highly successful unit tasked with getting  guns out of criminals’ hands.

The NYPD’s revamped Neighborhood Safety Unit puts officers in 30 of the most troubled precincts. In the past, officers in the unit operated in plainclothes, helping them to blend in on the street. The new unit wears modified uniforms that clearly identify members as NYPD officers.

Unsurprisingly, the Neighborhood Safety Unit is arresting repeat offenders. Of the 135 arrests by the unit since deployment March 14, about 20% involve suspects with pending felony cases and 28% have previous felony convictions, according to the NYPD.



Adams said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” April 3:

“We have to stop the flow of guns, but we also must do the jobs of getting the guns off the streets that’s on there now, and my anti-gun unit, they’re doing that.” 

He added:

“Just a few weeks out, they removed over 20-something guns off the street. But here’s the interesting number — 70 percent of those who were carrying the guns had prior violent offenses.”

Of the unit’s 25 gun arrests, four were juveniles, five had open felony cases and seven had prior felony convictions, said Chief of Department Ken Corey. Of the total number of arrests, 91 had a prior arrest record, 57 have prior felony arrests and 21 were on parole or probation.

The NYPD is stepping up enforcement of quality-of-life crimes, called broken-windows policing, to help prevent the sense of disorder that some experts think allows violent crime to flourish, Adams said.

The report also notes a 28% increase in the number of violent crime arrests. In March of this year, police data shows 4,025 suspects were arrested, compared with 3,140 in March 2021. Commissioner Sewell said:

“People are concerned, and we completely understand that. We are deploying added resources and really trying to get these people off the streets.”


Despite revamped ‘broken windows’ policing, major crime in New York City soars under new liberal mayor

April 9, 2022

The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the writer. 

NEW YORK, NY – While de Blasio II…New York City Mayor Eric Adams coddles and woos child molesters and groomers from Florida, crime in his city continues to spiral out of control, this despite an alleged return to the “broken windows” policing championed by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, which got crime in the city under control in the 1990s.

According to The New York Post, serious crime and shootings continued its upward march last month, with NYPD data showing a 37 percent increase in major crimes citywide. That crime surge was reflected in numbers released Wednesday.

Adams, who dropped money on ridiculous billboards in Florida attempting to woo businesses to flee business-friendly Florida to go to the sanctuary city of New York, touted the creation of a new anti-gun unit and the return to “broken windows” policing, however thus far, those efforts have proven fruitless. Adams was parroting the lie that Florida’s new anti-groomer law prohibited use of the word “gay” in the Sunshine State, which is untrue.

Adams, who ran as a former “tough-on-crime” captain, has had little success getting crime in the Big Apple under control.

New York did enjoy a spattering of success in March, with homicides and rapes dropping 15.8% and 4.3% respectively year over year for that month. However compared to 2021, shootings, robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies, auto thefts and hate crimes have all jumped exponentially compared to last year.

The Post notes that this year’s jump is led by steep increases in vehicle thefts, robberies, grand larceny and burglaries, according to the NYPD.

Shootings spiked 16.2% last month, while year to date, the city has recorded 332 victims of gun violence—a 14.5% increase compared to the same period in 2021, which shootings averaging four victims per day, according to data.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said Wednesday at the first CompStat press conference held since Adams was sworn in:

“Our police need more help.” 

This is Sewell’s second press briefing for reporters since she took office. She said:

“We need help from every corner of the criminal justice system and from everyone who lives in, works in, or visits our great city. Any amount of crime and disorder is unacceptable.”

Most disturbing, the spike in shootings occurred during some of the coldest months of the year, when gun violence typically drops. Police sources are concerned that it will only worsen as summertime approaches when shootings typically spike upward.

Adams, who said if he was elected he would bring “law and order” back to New York, marked his 100th day in office this week and thus far, the city has seen anything but. Adams’ term in office has been marred by seven police shootings and crime statistics that are blowing away pre-pandemic numbers. Two NYPD officers were killed in the line of duty during Adams’ term.

While crime is nowhere near where it was in the 1980s and 1990s, it currently stands at a five-year high overall.

For example compared to pre-pandemic, 2019 levels, auto thefts in March were up 107%, shootings up 69%, grand larceny spiked 26%, felony assault is up 22.5% and robberies are up at a 37% rate.

This week, a 61-year-old woman, Juana Esperanza Soriano De-Perdomo was walking on East 188th Street near Grand Concourse and was struck by a stray bullet, killing her, NYPD said.

Just seven days earlier, 12-year-old Kade Lewin was sitting in a parked car with two relatives in Brooklyn when he was struck in the head with a stray bullet, killing him. Meanwhile on March 25, a 3-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet while leaving her Brooklyn daycare at about 6:00 p.m.

The newly-minted anti-gun unit, called Neighborhood Safety Teams is basically a revamped version of the anti-crime unit disbanded under failed former communist-sympathizing governor Bill de Blasio, is tasked with reducing street crime and shootings.

The unit was reimplemented three weeks ago and thus far has made 135 arrests, however only 19% were for firearms…25 in total, according to Chief of Department Ken Corey.

Included among those arrested for guns were four juveniles, five with open felony cases, and seven who have been previously convicted of a crime.

All told, 91 of the 135 arrestees by the unit have prior arrests, with 57 of those being felony arrests, while 21 were on parole or probation when arrested, Corey stated.

As is typical for big cities run by Democrats with far-left district attorneys, only 10% of those arrested by the unit remain in jail, according to Corey, however he didn’t provide specifics on what the defendants were charged with or why they were already back on the streets.

Typically recidivists tend to be responsible for increases in crime, however in New York, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael Lipetri laid blame for the uptick in some crime on recidivists, however statistics thus far this year do not appear to agree with that contention.

While recidivist arrests for robberies, burglaries and vehicle thefts are up 47% this year over 2019, repeat offenders accounted for less than a percent of those arrested for the crimes this year.

Sewell was asked how long it will take for the NSTs to impact crime in the city, and he estimated the city should see results “fairly quickly.” Sewell said:

“But we do know it does not take weeks to reverse trends that have happened over the last several years, but we are working every single day to change those numbers.”

“We certainly don’t want people to have to wait. One of the reasons we take an overview is we want to see what’s working and what’s not working and be able to correct it as we move along. We are definitely not taking our eye off the ball and we expect our results to be reflected in that ant that’s what I think we are starting to see.”

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