Report: Crime on the rise in Westchester, Putnam counties
According to new statistics, crime is on the rise in Westchester and Putnam counties.
Statewide crime statistics released Wednesday by the Division of Criminal Justice Services compare data in the same five-month period from the past two years.
The study reveals violent crime dropped in Westchester by .3 percent, but overall crime is on the rise by .7 percent compared to last year.
According to the study, however, in Mount Vernon, overall crime is down by 2 percent, but violent crime is up 6 percent over last year.
However, officials say it is important to look at the actual numbers, which may be less alarming than the actual percentages. For example, in Rockland County, violent crime is up 30.5 percent in a year, but the report shows the county had 154 offenses last year, compared to 201 this year. In Putnam County, violent crime increased by 28 percent; last year there were 25 incidents compared to 32 this year.
Across the state overall crime dropped 8 percent, and violent crime decreased by 11 percent over last year.
The statistics only include agencies that have five months of complete crime reporting for both years.
Preliminary Date SummaryUniform Crime/Incident-Based ReportingAgencies Excluded due to Delinquent Reporting