In the past three years the nation-wide economic decline has reached an all-time low, causing an increase in the amount of street violence throughout many NYC boroughs. According to recent NYPD statistics, “Murders jumped 24.7% to 111 from 89 during the first three months of 2007 compared with the year ago period. Rapes were up 13.8% and robberies rose 4.5%”
Budget cuts have also left the Police Department with just under 37,000 officers— the smallest force in 15 years. A recent NY Post article claims that downtown Manhattan is the most targeted area: Since 2008 assaults in Greenwich Village have increased 43 percent increase so far, the East Village has seen a 27.7 percent rise, and the Lower East Side has experienced 30 percent hike in assaults.