Just taking the headlines in daily newspapers and videos such as this one, it’s possible to think there is a very worrying increase in slashings and other crimes of violence at that level. There might be but just shooting out random reports of crimes does not help a New Yorker to know how to look after themselves.
Fortunately the City Admin has just released in depth crime statistics for the last 10 years and those data maniacs over at I Quant who quantify all aspects of NYC life, have leapt in to give New Yorkers an overall picture of how safe NYC is or isn’t, see I Quant
The data shows that Ocean Hill is NYC’s most dangerous neighborhood but despite it having a murder rate 5 times higher than NYC as a whole it is still safer than the entire cities of New Orleans, Detroit, St Louis, Baltimore and Newark. And that is comparing NYC’s most dangerous neighborhood with the average crimne rate in those citites.
And again looking a the 72 largest cities in America, NYC comes in a lowly 54th despite it being so much larger than any other city.
As the reports of slashings increase it’s easy to get the impression that crime in NYC is going up and indeed it might be true that certain types of crime are. So how can New Yorkers benefit from a different type of crime reporting?
How about the City and the Police letting New Yorkers know what kind of crimes are becoming more common and how to safeguard their own safety. More comparative data is useful too. Any crime can be very scary and worrying but when crime news is just put out there in the media with no context it’s easy to get frightened
without any sense of how to be personally safer and how big a risk individuals take when riding the subway or walking the streets.