East Fishkill councilman issues NYC travel advisory due to uptick in crime, new NYPD policies
East Fishkill Councilman Anil Beephan is warning his constituents about visiting New York City due to the recent uptick in violence.
Beephan released a statement on Facebook saying, "it is recommended that area residents exercise increased caution while visiting New York City."
According to the NYPD, there were 205 shootings last month, compared to 89 in June last year – a 130% jump.
"I just thought it would be important for residents in my town to know that there is an uptick in crime and they should be careful when they go down there,” Beephan told News 12. “Keep their wits about them, try not to go into the city and travel down dark areas by yourself.”
On July 5, police say there were 30 shootings and 10 homicides across the five boroughs.
The NYPD posts advisories and warnings online all day, which can make it easier for people to decide where and when they feel comfortable visiting.
News 12 reached out to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office for comment and hasn't yet heard back.