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Repeat Offenders Tied to Increase in Crime Rates in New York

As reported by Rocco Parascandola with the New York Daily News.

Crime surged 44% in the New York during the first three months of 2022 — and repeat offenders are a big factor in the spike, police said Wednesday.

The increase came in every category except murder, according to NYPD data compiled as of Sunday.

Murders declined 9% in the first three months of 2022, with 96 reported so far this year compared to 105 reported in the same period of 2021.

But rapes were up 16%, to 410 in 2022 from 354 in the same period of 2021. Robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts and auto thefts were also up.

Overall, police counted 29,608 crimes as defined by the state penal code and the FBI in the first months of 2022, compared to 20,543 in the same period of 2021.

Repeat offenders help fuel rising violence and mayhem, police brass said at a news conference. More than 500 suspects have been arrested three times in 2022 on robbery, burglary or shoplifting charges, police said.

Among those repeat offenders are 91 people arrested three or more times for burglary, said NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael Lipetri.

Another 64 suspects have been arrested at least three times this year in robberies, and 379 people have been arrested three times this year for shoplifting, police data show.

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