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Crime Facts  


While crime continues to decline, the Bronx still has more than its share:

  • Consistent with the rest of New York City, crime in the Bronx again declined in 2014. Overall violent crime in this county has decreased by more than 73% since 1990.

  • Between 1990 and 2014, the number of murders in the Bronx declined by 85%.

  • For each of the past ten years, there have been fewer than 200 homicides in the Bronx -- levels not seen since the 1960s.

  • Nevertheless, the Bronx still has the highest rates (per 100,000 population) of murder, rape, robbery and felonious assault in the City. While the Bronx represents 17% of New York City's population (2010 US Census), the Bronx accounted for over 25% of the City’s violent crime. Nearly 26% of the City’s murders one in four rapes, and one in four felonious assaults occurred in the Bronx.

  • Bronx shooting incidents in 2014 represented 29.5% of such incidents Citywide.

  • In addition, while violent crime in Bronx County has decreased over 73%, arrests have risen more than 60% since 1990.


This Office has fought the war on crime on a number of fronts:

  • Specialized Courts

 

Bronx Mental Health Court: The Bronx District Attorney’s Office, designated by the Department of Justice as a Mental Health Court Learning Site in 2006, has been on the forefront of recognizing the specific issues regarding mental illness. To that end, through the Bronx Mental Health Court, the Office works closely with the defense bar, judges and agencies such as EAC/TASC Network and a multitude of mental health program providers, to carefully balance the needs of the citizens of Bronx County. The Office has referred all types of cases from nearly all of it Bureaus to the Mental Health Court.

Integrated Domestic Violence (IDV) Court: The Bronx IDV Court, the first such court in New York State, serves families by allowing a single judge to hear multiple case types – criminal, family, and matrimonial – when it relates to a single family where the underlying issue is domestic violence. This method allows for greater consistency in the Court’s decisions, and the needs of those who require additional services and the monitoring of court orders are better served.

  • We continued our anti-auto crime initiative, now in its fourteenth year of grant funding. These efforts resulted in the recovery in 2014 of 116 stolen and altered vehicles valued at over $2 million.

  • In 2014, 605 offenders were placed in alternative-to-incarceration drug treatment programs. Since 1992, this Office has used drug treatment as an alternative to incarceration for appropriate first time felony drug defendants and those with prior nonviolent felony convictions. Those defendants who withdraw or fail to complete the program satisfactorily are sentenced to a term in state prison. Since 1992, 17,384 felony drug defendants have been placed in drug treatment programs.