The NYPD released its updated crime stats for last month, indicating an overall citywide 58.7% rise in crime compared to the same period last year.

“The men and women of the New York City Police Department are proactively addressing the deep-rooted causes of criminal behavior,” said NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell in a statement. “The NYPD will never relent, and the department has made far too much progress over the decades—and invested far too much in the communities it serves—to fall back by any measure. New Yorkers deserve better.”

According to NYPD stats for the month of February 2022, robbery increased by 56%, grand larceny increased by 79.2%, car theft increased by 104.7%. In a small reprieve, citywide shooting incidents decreased by 1.3%.

However, horrific crimes are still occurring this month. Guns or not.

This past Saturday, March 5, police found a 26-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl. Both had multiple stab wounds, and were unconscious and unresponsive in their Bronx apartment. Eyewitness News reported that the child was found dead in her bed, under the covers and stabbed in her head. The mother and daughter were identified as Gabrielle Muniz and Rozara Estevez, said the NYPD. Their stabbing deaths were determined to be “domestic in nature,” said a NYPD detective.

The suspect was Muniz’s boyfriend, 34-year-old Caleb Duberry, who was found dead in his nearby apartment in the Bronx from an assumed suicide. A source who grew up in the same community as Duberry said that Duberry had always been “in and out of prison” and had allegedly been struggling with a drug addiction as of late.

The NYPD said they remain focused on the drivers of crime and disorder in the city. The new Neighborhood Safety Teams, meant to crack down on illegal guns, stifle gang activity, and suppress violent crime, have been deployed to aid cops patrolling streets, subways, and public housing developments.

Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Adams headed to Washington, D.C. to present his “Blueprint to End Gun Violence” to Congress on Tuesday, March 8. The small dip in gun crime would suggest that there is hope on the horizon for his tactics.

Organized criminal justice groups, such as Communities United for Police Reform, are still deeply opposed to certain aspects of Adams’ plan. In a letter they called for the halt of the Neighborhood Safety Teams, citing that it’s essentially the same plainclothes, anti-crime, street crime units as before that are “characterized by an overly aggressive mandate that proactively and aggressively target Black and Latinx communities.”

Ariama C. Long is a Report for America corps member and writes about culture and politics in New York City for The Amsterdam News. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep her writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/fcszwj8w

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