The city’s homicide rate has been soaring this summer at the same time temperatures have been soaring. Between July 2 and July 8, there were 77 shootings and 21 murders. In Brooklyn alone, there were 38 shootings and eight murders during that time period.
In addition to the shootings and murders, minor crimes and other violent crimes are also on the rise. Some experts blame the rise in crime on the fact that there are fewer police officers on the street. There are about 35,000 officers in New York City, when some say the minimum should be 38,000 officers.
Another factor that could be to blame for the increase in crime is the economy, for several reasons. First, when people are out of work, they may resort to theft or other crimes. Also, the police force may be weakening because of money – NYPD recruits typically make lower salaries than those in surrounding areas or in other major cities, which can be discouraging.
There is a lot of speculation that the spike in crime is directly attributable to the severe heat wave that has blanketed the city. There are conflicting studies out there about whether a heat wave can cause a crime wave, but it is generally accepted that crime increases in the summer. The mayor’s office claims that the spike in crime is not atypical for the period surrounding the 4th of July, and points out that the crime rate has fallen in the past four years.
The recent increase in crime in New York City means that police are on alert and are searching for criminal suspects. In many cases, this can result in innocent people being charged with crimes in an effort to solve cases.