New York City‘s wealthiest neighborhood is grappling with a spike in armed robberies, new data reveals.
Manhattan’s Upper East Side has seen 27 robberies over the past four weeks – a 286 percent increase when compared to the same period last year, according to the NYPD.
Alarmingly, a significant number of those have involved locals being held up at gunpoint.
For the entirety of 2019, the Upper East Side only reported four armed robberies. This year, 14 have already been reported.
The figures are causing alarm in the ritzy neighborhood, where residents boast an average annual income of $322,400.
The Upper East Side is also known for its high concentration of billionaires – and some of the crimes have taken place just feet from their lavish residences.
Manhattan’s Upper East Side – the wealthiest neighborhood in New York City – is grappling with a dramatic spike in armed robberies, new data reveals
The NYPD is pleading with members of the public to come forward with information on recent shootings in the Upper East Side
Last weekend, three teenagers held up man at gunpoint on the corner of East 65th St and Lexington Ave before making off with his wallet.
According to Fox New, financier Henry Kravis – who has a net worth north of $6.5 billion – lives just a ‘stone’s throw away’.
The trio of thieves struck again a short time later on East 84th St and Fifth Ave, snatching a woman’s cell phone. Billionaires John Paulson and Glenn Dubin reside close by.
Cops later apprehend the teens – two aged 16 and one aged 17 – and seized a loaded gun.
Meanwhile, an analysis of data reveals that robberies are also on the rise in other affluent New York City neighborhoods – despite the fact thefts are down citywide.
The NYPD’s 1st Precinct – which patrols the posh SoHo and TriBeCa neighborhoods -says robberies were up 175 percent in July when compared to the same month last year.
Meanwhile, the wealthy West Village – where stars such as Sarah Jessica Parker and Anderson Cooper bunk down – saw a 50 percent spike in robberies.
Across the water in gentrified Williamsburg, Brooklyn, there was a 40 percent surge in thefts. +6
An analysis of data reveals that robberies are also on the rise in other affluent New York City neighborhoods – despite the fact thefts are down citywide
The NYPD released its comprehensive crime figures for the month of July 2020, showing shootings and murders were up when compared with the same time last year
Meanwhile, on Monday, the NYPD released its comprehensive crime figures for the month of July 2020, showing shootings and murders were up on the same time last year.
Fifty-four murders were reported citywide – an increase of 20 percent.
Burglaries soared by 21 percent, while shootings were up a staggering 17 percent in comparison with July 2019.
NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea described the current crisis as ‘challenging’.
The crime increase comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio cut the NYPD’s funding by more than $1 billion following weeks of anti-police protests.
‘Amid the ongoing challenges of these times, the NYPD’s commitment to public safety never wavers,’ Shea stated on Monday
‘Our men and women officers represent the best of the policing profession and work every day alongside those they serve in an ongoing joint mission to protect life, prevent crime and build safer neighborhoods for everyone across our great city.’
NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea described the current crisis as ‘challenging’