NYPD announces November crime statistics

December 8, 2021

Department highlights efforts over past eight years to reduce crime and strengthen ties with New Yorkers

For the month of November 2021, the number of murders decreased in New York City compared to November 2020: Murders were down 17.2% (24 from 29) for the month. The steady decline in murders led to a year-to-date drop in murders to November of 0.5% (434 vs. 436) from the same period last year.

On the law enforcement front, the NYPD continued its work to strategically build long-term cases and focus on the drivers of violence. The Department also maintained a focus on street law enforcement. New York City police officers made 334 gun arrests during the month of November, bringing the total number of gun arrests in 2021 to 4,144. This is a 7.8% increase from 3,844 year-to-date firearm arrests through November 2020. This represents the highest number of year-to-date arrests since 1995.

Overall listed crime in New York increased by 21.3% in November 2021 compared to November 2020 (10,186 compared to 8,396). Burglaries were down 5.7% in November 2021 (1,266 from 1,342), robberies were up 24.1% (1,418 from 1,143) and felony assaults were up 11.2% (1,868 versus 1,680). Until November 2021, the total number of crimes recorded since the beginning of the year increased by 3.4% compared to 2020 (91,185 against 88,173).

Flashback: 2014 to 2021

A look back over the past eight years shows that New York City has seen a significant reduction in crime. Overall, index crime has decreased by 11% since 2013, when 101,755 index crimes were recorded, and by 46% since 2000, when there were 169,424 index crimes.

Today, six of the eight NYPD patrol precincts have seen an overall decline in listed crime over the past eight years – largely reflecting the work developed and implemented by NYPD leaders as part of of their real-time management of ubiquitous public safety. concerns.

These gains were part of a long-term strategy that began in 2014. Technology played a key role.

  • A ShotSpotter gunshot detection system was installed throughout the city to give police a head start when shots were fired. The system has since expanded.
  • Police officers have been given smart phones, placing treasure troves of inward-facing data available to police headquarters commanders in the hands of those on the streets of our city. For the first time, officers could read the text of 911 calls, contact callers directly, dial 911 histories of city addresses, and search for criminal and warrant status.

These technological advances allowed the NYPD to adopt its model of precision policing. The Detective Bureau has perfected a laser that focuses on “triggers,” those few violent actors who drive the majority of violent crime in New York City.

  • The 2014 launch of the Armed Violence Suppression Division.
  • The targeted takedown of a particularly violent set of crews responsible for a series of shootings across Brooklyn.
  • Adopting this citywide strategy and working hand-in-hand with the city’s five district attorneys, teardown after teardown, the Gun Violence Suppression Division and other Detective Bureau squads conducted law enforcement efforts that resulted in a decrease in shooting incidents in targeted areas.
  • So far in 2021, the NYPD has conducted 33 gang busts and made 118 corresponding arrests, resulting in a precipitous drop in shootings in multiple neighborhoods.

The annual number of shooting incidents in New York fell to 721 in 2019 from 1,024 in 2013. In 2020 and 2021, the city faced unprecedented challenges: COVID-19, which affected thousands of officers and crippled the state justice system; citywide protests that strained police resources; and a flood of out-of-state guns as well as “ghost guns” that are assembled at home and not found until the buyer.

Shootings have persisted in pockets of the city, increasing both in 2020 and through November 2021, to levels not seen since the mid-2000s. Last November, citywide shootings saw an increase 2.6% (119 vs. 116), from the same period a year ago, and were up 2% year-over-year through November – although they were down in Brooklyn , Queens and Staten Island.

Reducing armed violence remains the top priority. This intelligence-driven approach is conducted in part by the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau. Its field intelligence teams have been expanded to more than 200 investigators to focus more on debriefing prisoners on gun crimes, supporting long-term gang and crew investigations, gathering evidence for strong pursuits and propel the global precision policing mission.

Our children, our future

Building on the Neighborhood Policing philosophy, the sustained efforts of the past eight years are bolstered by the NYPD’s work to expand reach into communities and create youth programs under the Kids First philosophy – aimed to offer more choice to young people who often have too little.

  • The foundation for these ideas came, again, in early 2014, with the creation of the neighborhood policing philosophy. This concept – fundamentally a community innovation in crime fighting – has redefined what it means to be a police officer in New York City. Neighborhood Coordinating Officers work regular shifts in the same areas to familiarize themselves with the genuine stakeholders they meet and to gain enough credibility to rely on advice on crime and trouble that can be solved with the appropriate answers. Vigorous collaboration gives community members a foothold in policing and, in turn, makes police officers the community members they are and want to be.
  • An evolution of this later developed is that of youth co-ordination officers – who focus attention on today’s children to prevent potential entanglements with the criminal justice system of tomorrow.
  • To reinforce these efforts, the Kids First philosophy has been a key part of the Safe Summer initiative this year.
  • There were 15 rebuilt basketball courts in the city subdivision as well as four courts at Colonel Charles Young Field. About 100 gyms were open at night for kids (and cops) to form leagues, partnerships and mentorship. The NYPD also launched the Blue Chips program in all areas of the city to provide athletic programs and mentorship to young people. And some 600 jobs have been offered by the NYPD to young people across the city.

Today, the sum of the initiatives is an NYPD pulling together as one with all of its tools, working together in a seamless process, to create better policing and improve the lives of everyone in the city.

“The security of a community requires a bond of trust between the population and its police. Neighborhood Coordinating Officers and Youth Coordinating Officers have been able to take big city policing and make it very local, neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “Today, we can take stock of the dedication of our police officers who carry out their public service with pride and often at the cost of great peril and personal sacrifice. We owe them our thanks for what they have done and we owe them our support for the work they must continue to do for the good of all of us.

Work in progress

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the NYPD has never wavered in its responsibility as the guardian of society. NYPD essential workers continued to work, continued to fight crime, even as thousands of uniformed workers went on sick leave at the height of the pandemic. The officers did their job. They are sworn to guarantee the consequences of criminal behavior whether the courts are fully functioning or not. They used the tools at their disposal, even as the laws changed under them.

The NYPD remains relentless. Shootings are down 13% since the Safe Summer NYC initiative was implemented just six months ago. These are the kinds of gains that the NYPD’s evolved approach is precisely designed to achieve.

Amid the current challenges, the NYPD’s sustained commitment endures as it continues to work to quell crime in New York City and remove the instruments of violence from the streets in accordance with its civic governance responsibilities.

Index Crime Statistics

24 29 -5 -17.2% 434 436 -2 -0.5%
124 122 +2 +1.6% 1368 1338 +30


1418 1143 +275 +24.1% 12418 11966 +452 +3.8%
1868 1680 +188 +11.2% 20865 19174 1691 8.8%
1266 1342 -76 -5.7% 11399 14186 -2787 -19.6%
4433 3153 +1280 +40.6% 35254 32816 +2438 +7.4%
1053 927 +126 +13.6% 9447 8257 +1190 +14.4%
10186 8396 +1790 +21.3% 91185 88173 +3012 +3.4%

Additional statistics for November 2021

235 114 +121 +106.1% 1581 1640 -59 -3.9%
470 428 +42 +9.8% 470 428 +42 -9.8%
119 116 +3 +2.6% 1441 1413 +28 +2.0%

November 2021 Rape Failures

Count Has occurred
Has occurred
Has occurred
2 years
Has occurred
3 years
Has occurred
4 years
Has occurred
5+ years


126 111 4 2 1 0 8


122 95 6 6 2 2 11


119 102 4 2 3 2 6


143 121 6 4 5 1 6


125 111 4 1 1 0 8


98 88 3 2 1 2 2

Rape continues to be underreported. If you have been the victim of sexual assault, please come forward. The 24-hour hotline for the NYPD Special Victims Division is 212-267-7273

Summary of Hate Crime Statistics Year-to-Date to November 28and2021


Motivation 2021 2020 Difference % Switch


128 28 +100 -357%


31 34 -3 -9%


0 0 0 0%


7 0 7 ***.*%


20 13 +7 +45%


7 0 7 ***.*%


179 121 +58 +48%


12 4 +8 +48%


8 12 -4 -33%

sexual orientation

84 28 +56 +200%


18 ten +8 +80%


494 251 +243 +97%

Note: The Hate Crimes Task Force statistics contained above are subject to change, as active possible bias cases may be reclassified as unbiased and removed from counted statistics after investigation. Due to possible change in unbiased classification, statistical percentages may fluctuate beyond the assumed percentage calculations from week to week of reporting periods