August 2022 Crime Statistics | New York City

September 6, 2022

Fourth lowest number of August shootings since early 1990s

For the month of August 2022, the overall number of shooting incidents decreased in New York City compared to August 2021, marking the fourth lowest number of shootings for a month of August in the modern CompStat era. Citywide shootings were down 30.3% in August (115 from 165), due to steep declines in the Bronx, southern Queens and northern Brooklyn. Additionally, the number of murders across the city fell 54.2% (27 from 59) in the month compared to the same period last year, a sign that the NYPD’s work to stamp out violence is taking root. .

Specifically, the NYPD’s array of strategies to get illegal firearms off the streets is gaining momentum, as evidenced by the department’s seizure of more than 4,880 firearms since the start of 2022. The work of the department is reflected in the citywide gun arrests that police officers are making. , a number that increased in August by 16% (405 vs. 349) compared to the same period in 2021. This monthly productivity means that citywide firearm arrests through August are at their highest level in 27 years, reaching 3,170 – a 4.4% increase from the 3,036 firearm arrests in the first eight months of last year. Additionally, NYPD officers in August 2022 made 4,011 arrests for major crime complaints, a 16.3% increase from the 3,450 major crime arrests in the same month last year. Major crime arrests are up 27.1% (31,033 from 24,419) so far in calendar year 2022, compared to the first eight months of 2021.

Overall listed crime in New York increased 26% in August 2022 compared to August 2021 (11,357 vs. 9,014). Five of the top seven index offense categories saw increases, led by a 38% increase in robberies (1,630 vs. 1,181), a 34.7% increase in robberies (4,687 vs. 3,480) and a 31.1% increase in burglaries (1,356 vs. 1,034).

“Through their training, crime-fighting strategies and tireless commitment, the brave women and men of the NYPD know well the most effective and just ways to fight crime and keep New Yorkers safe. -Yorkers – and they will never waver in this mission of trust,” Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said. “Your officers have worked in tandem and in all boroughs and offices throughout this summer to prevent violence and criminal activity. Their success strongly reflects NYPD innovations based on timely intelligence gathering, rapid deployment, and the use of effective tactics to engage, investigate, and solve problems large and small. Our firearms seizures and arrests in August – and the corresponding drop in shooting incidents – indicate a positive shift in our fight to stop criminals willing to carry illegal weapons and use them brazenly. For the NYPD, victims of crime remain our central focus. We know that there is still a lot to be done to fight crime in our city. We must move forward as we continue to advocate for further improvements in the state’s well-intentioned criminal justice reforms that too many repeat offenders and violent criminals exploit.

The NYPD, with its Precision Policing Enforcement, gained momentum in August 2022 in its mission to keep people safe and hold criminals accountable for their crimes. This work has resulted in a 12.4% (928 vs. 1,059) reduction in shooting incidents since the start of the year – with 147 fewer shooters in the first eight months of 2022 compared to the same period the last year – and a decrease of 12.1% (284 vs. 323) in murders since the beginning of the year until the end of August.

“Any level of violence in New York – or anywhere – is unacceptable,” said Department Head Kenneth Corey. “We know New York City is safer today than it was when we implemented our summer violence reduction plan in May. Throughout these months, the NYPD has conducted more of its integral work, often in concert with our law enforcement partners, to develop long-term investigations focused on the few New Yorkers willing to take weapons and how to use them.

Shootings in the Bronx in August were down 46.2% (28 from 52), compared to the same period a year ago, and 51.7% (14 from 29) in southern Queens during of the same period. In these neighborhoods and other parts of the city, neighborhood detective squads, field intelligence officers, patrol officers and members of the department’s specialized units have all come together to share information, remain flexible in the face of to changing conditions and focus on violent street gangs, crews, and illegal narcotics businesses. The NYPD’s Gun Violence Enforcement Unit continued its efforts to locate and seize illegal firearms – and, in many cases, remove them before they could be sold on the streets of New York City.

A central part of the summer violence reduction plan is the localized deployment of additional officers — every day — to precincts, transit districts and housing estates where New Yorkers need them most. The NYPD’s summer beach detail, which ran through Labor Day, created an increased uniformed presence during the busiest and busiest time of year for the city’s public beaches. The Office of Patrol Services, in conjunction with the Department’s Highway and Highway Safety Officers, has focused on seizing illegal ATVs and dirt bikes whose riders pose great dangers on neighborhood streets. Neighborhood Coordinating Officers worked every day to collect complaints from residents and workers in the five boroughs and to resolve their issues, with the goal of keeping all New Yorkers safe.

The NYPD’s work will continue through the end of the summer, driven primarily by community concerns. The support and partnership the NYPD receives from residents of every neighborhood was showcased at the Queens Police Academy on August 10 during the Youth Summer Jobs Program’s annual career forum, which is attended by participated the police commissioner. There, more than 800 young people – many of whom are deaf and hard of hearing – explored programs designed to pave pathways into their future. These NYPD programs, focused on youth development, are essential to building trust with all New Yorkers and underscore the important idea that public safety is a shared responsibility between the police and every member of the community. The NYPD will never stop fighting for New Yorkers and will always strive to keep the attention of the entire criminal justice system where it belongs: on the people it serves.

*All crime statistics are preliminary and subject to further analysis, review or change.*

Crime Statistics Index: August 2022

27 59 -32 -54.2%
144 144 0 0.0%
1630 1181 +449 +38.0%
2303 2112 +191 +9.0%
1356 1034 +322 +31.1%
4687 3480 +322 +34.7%
1210 1004 +206 +20.5%
11357 9014 +2343 +26.0%

Additional statistics for August 2022

178 149 +29 +19.5%
541 479 +62 +12.9%
115 165 -49 -30.3%

Rape Incident Reporting Statistics: August 2022

(Reports filed from August 1 to August 31 of the years indicated)

Year Total
Same year
2 years
3 years
4 years
5+ years


144 118 seven 4 2 0 13


144 114 seven 4 1 2 16


130 99 8 4 2 5 12


162 125 8 seven 3 4 15


168 121 17 9 5 3 13


125 100 11 1 1 2 ten

Rape continues to be underreported. If you are a victim of sexual assault, please come forward. The 24-hour NYPD Special Victims Division hotline is: 212-267-RAPE (7273).

Summary of hate crime statistics for August 2022

(Representing August 1st – August 31st for calendar years 2022 and 2021)

Motivation 2022 2021 Difference % To change


seven 5 +2 +40%


5 1 +4 +400%


0 0 0 0%


5 1 +4 +400%


2 0 +2 +200%


0 1 -1 -100%


24 11 +13 +118%


0 2 -2 -100%


5 1 +4 +400%

sexual orientation

5 16 +11 -69%


2 1 +1 +100%


55 39 +16 +41%

Note: The above statistics are subject to change, as active possible bias cases may be reclassified as unbiased and removed from counted data after investigation.