City murders spike nearly 30 percent through start of 2019

The number of city homicides through the first two months of the year has spiked nearly 30 percent compared to the same period in 2018 — driven by a February that saw 50 percent more murders than the same month last year, the NYPD said Monday in its monthly crime stats briefing.

Through Sunday, 53 murders had been tallied across the five boroughs, a spike of 29.3 percent from the 41 slayings to the same point in 2018, department data shows.

“The bad news is, we see some areas of real concern, particularly when it comes to homicide,” said Mayor de Blasio, who has long touted New York as the safest big city in America. “We take that very, very seriously.”

February was particularly bloody, with the NYPD responding to 24 murders, or 50 percent more than the 16 notched in Feb. 2018.

The homicide uptick continues a troubling trend that began in January, which opened the year with 22.7 percent more murders than were logged in the first month of 2018.

Cops have zeroed in on four particularly troublesome precincts spanning four boroughs: the 34th in Upper Manhattan; the 43rd in the Parkchester section of The Bronx; the 113th in Jamaica, Queens; and the 79th in Bedford-Stuyvesant, part of the troublesome Brooklyn North command on which cops blamed part of the spike last month.

Effective immediately, each of those commands will be bolstered by at least eight additional patrol cops stationed in “pockets of violence,” said Chief of Department Terence Monahan.

Despite the homicide spike, overall crime is down 10.8 percent so far in 2019, the department said.

Robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies and auto thefts have all seen decreases.

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