2 crimes going in opposite directions on Staten Island. How do the numbers stack up historically?

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Thefts and other crimes have surged on Staten Island in recent months, while murders have reached an historic pace.

The numbers agree with the citywide data in many respects, with one important caveat.

Here’s a closer look at how some crimes unfold over three quarters of the year, here and across New York City.


District residents, workers and visitors have reported 870 grand thefts so far this year — including in-person and online scams, theft of vehicle catalytic converters and high-value retail thefts — compared to 656 the year before, a 33% share. jump.

The city’s most recent CompStat data includes data through August 21st.

Historically, police saw a total of 973, 964 and 1,131 grand thefts in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Police issued a statement Thursday seeking information about an alleged lottery scam that scammed a 67-year-old woman out of $75,000.

Weeks before the incident, an 85-year-old man, described by his wife as suffering from serious health problems, was allegedly cheated out of a diamond wedding ring and gold Italian horn while out for a walk near his Rosebank home.

In June, District Attorney Michael E. McMahon tweeted about jewelry scams targeting seniors.

“[The NYPD] has learned of a disturbing trend in which thieves are distracting and tricking [Staten Islanders] with the goal of taking her jewelry. These crooks are sophisticated, so be vigilant and follow the tips below. If caught, we will prosecute those who steal compliance [Staten Islanders]’ read the tweet.

Authorities have also been active throughout the summer to warn residents of catalytic converter thefts. Last month, police arrested a suspect who was allegedly caught with several of Staten Island’s valuable auto parts.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to deter the thefts in the first place, the NYPD’s Auto Crime Unit devised a way to give catalytic converters a unique tracking number that would lead them to perpetrators.


For years, residents of the borough have submitted or released surveillance videos of unidentified suspects pulling car door handles at any time of night in normally quiet neighborhoods.

Earlier this month, an Advance/SILive.com reporter’s vehicle was attacked along with several other cars in the same community. In some cases, when cars are found unlocked, thieves have gotten away with cash, credit cards, electronic devices, expensive sunglasses and/or jewelry.

Overall, misdemeanor thefts on Staten Island are up 54% as authorities filed 2,408 such complaints this year. Many of them are retail thefts, which officials said are rising across the city.

The data shows that misdemeanor theft is occurring at a similar pace to 10 years ago.

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, the county recorded a total of 3,758, 3,471, and 3,575, respectively.


Grand larceny autos (GLA) continue to push through the district.

Police have responded to 278 car thefts so far this year, compared to 132 at the same time last year, a 110% increase.

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, authorities saw GLA grand totals of 349, 332, and 304, respectively.

Some GLAs on Staten Island begin as robberies from vehicles, then a key fob is found and the perpetrators drive home happily, law enforcement sources said.

Other crews, operating out of the Newark area and believed to be working under an unknown organized crime network, transport high-value stolen vehicles to New Jersey, then either dismantle them or take a cash payout if the cars are shipped overseas at a profit.

Police have responded to a series of thefts, burglaries and carjackings of luxury automobiles in the Todt Hill area of ​​Staten Island over the past three years.

Earlier this month, Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon and Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island/South Brooklyn) wrote a letter to federal prosecutors proposing they create a task force to investigate transnational auto thefts in New York City to tackle

Police officials and other experts have theories about the rise in misdemeanor and felony theft in recent months, including bail reform laws leading to recidivism; in addition to the fallout from the pandemic — in terms of a stricken economy, citywide shutdowns, a slowed criminal justice system, and DMV operations

“They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly but expecting different results: Our criminal justice system is insane,” Mayor Eric Adams said during an Aug. 3 news conference at NYPD headquarters. “It’s dangerous. It’s harmful and is destroying the very fabric of our city.”

Another concern among police union leaders and some experts is data showing a rise in the number of officers leaving the force without enough recruits to take their place.


Police have responded to four murders so far this year, a historically low number.

Eight murders had been reported by this time last year.

Historically, year-end homicides on Staten Island totaled 13, 10, and 14 in 2017, 2018, and 2019 — when violent crime was down across New York City.

However, this year’s data comes with a worrying caveat. Twenty-one shootings were reported, down just one from last year, as gun violence has increased across the five counties since the pandemic.

Also troubling are several cases of young teenagers found in possession of firearms.

However, what could be promising is a drop in shootings and homicides across the city. Data shows both are down 11% year-on-year so far. So far this year, 270 homicides have been reported in the five counties, compared to 304 last year.

Historical data shows that these numbers are not as high as they were a decade ago.

In 2010, 2011, and 2012, police saw a total of 536, 515, and 419 murders, respectively.


NYPD officials earlier this month announced a notable increase in gun seizures.

More than 4,300 arrests through July across New York City represented a 27-year high through the end of July, officials said.

The arrests represented a 2.4% increase compared to the same time last year.

The NYPD, meanwhile, has established a gun suppression task force and has worked with other agencies, including the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Earlier this year, public safety teams were also deployed to the city’s highest crime areas, tasked primarily with firearms removal.

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