Mayor Bloomberg said the spikes in crime reported in several police precincts around the city are cause for concern, but the overall crime in the last four years remained the lowest in the city's history.
“You'll always have some precincts where it goes up and some precincts where it goes down,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters at a press conference Monday. “I’m not worried about a crime wave.”
The Post first reported Monday that nine precincts are showing a disturbing spike in crime. They include the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where five murders and 15 rapes had been reported so far this year, compared to just one murder and four rapes during the same period last year. Felony assaults and grand larcenies were also up, but robberies and burglaries were down.
“It’s hard to answer whether the crimes are really up or down,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “A lot of it has to do with reporting — when you see one crime in the paper, it typically generates reports of others.”
The mayor added that it's difficult to say whether the tough economy was to blame for the spikes in crime. He emphasized the city’s commitment to fighting crime, pointing to the recent hiring of some 1,600 police officers in a difficult budget year as evidence that the city takes public safety seriously.