Crime spiking in upscale New York neighborhoods, NYPD statistics show

Crime has risen 65.5% year to date in the upscale 1st Precinct, which includes SOHO and Wall Street
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NYPD officers, June 11, 2022, Brooklyn, NYC
NYPD officers, June 11, 2022, Brooklyn, NYC
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While crime is increasing across New York City, upscale neighborhoods are experiencing an even higher spike this year, police department statistics show.

Year to date, the top seven major violent offenses  – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and motor vehicle grand larceny – have increased by 36.1% from this time period of 2021, according to NYPD statistics.

Manhattan's 6th Precinct, which includes the wealthy neighborhoods of Greenwich Village and the West Village, is seeing an 80.2% increase in the top, seven-major crimes year to date compared to 2021.

Crime has risen 65.5% year to date in the upscale 1st Precinct, which includes SOHO, Tribeca, Wall Street and the World Trade Center.

The increase in those seven crimes is 50.2% so far this year in the most affluent neighborhood in the city, Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Jamal Alnasr, who owns Village Revival Records in Greenwich Village, told CBS News that he has started rarely calling the police because it seems as though anything goes now.

"We need to enforce some laws a little tougher, I guess," he said.