The West Village is New York’s most trendy neighborhood this 12 months — for crooks.
The celebrity-packed enclave of tony brownstones, high-end boutiques and jazz golf equipment has been hit by a plague of theft and robbery — because it has suffered the largest crime improve of any part of the Massive Apple so far in 2022, new NYPD information reveals.
Via the center of August, the NYPD’s sixth Precinct, which covers each the West Village and Greenwich Village, has seen crime spike 80% — fueled by a 103% improve in grand larceny and shoplifting, the info reveals.
Residents and employees are fed up.
“It’s positively getting worse,” Joe Abbas, proprietor of the Village Bazaar on sixth Ave., informed The Submit on Wednesday.
“There’s at all times shoplifting. I at all times see police within the nook within the CVS. There’s at all times police outdoors.”
The info reveals that the sixth Precinct — which is residence to excessive profile residents comparable to Sarah Jessica Parker and Jennifer Lawrence — has seen 1,380 main crimes in 2022, in comparison with 766 in the identical interval in 2021.
The majority of that crime wave is attributable to an enormous variety of grand larcenies, which embody shoplifting. Up to now there have been 802 this 12 months, in comparison with the 394 recorded over the identical interval final 12 months — a 103% rise, in accordance with the figures.
Anisha Ghale, an worker at Karma Nepal Crafts on Bleeker Avenue, mentioned the shop had to make use of techniques extra widespread in New York’s greater crime areas to chase away the thieves.
“For the jewellery trays, we needed to put double sided tape beneath as a result of they take the entire tray,” Ghale mentioned. “We put tape beneath the trays so it takes a while for them to steal so we are able to cease them.”
“Crime is rising day-by-day proper now and so they’re turning into actually fearless,” she informed The Submit.
“Like even when we are saying ‘I’ll name 911’ they don’t care about it. They are saying ‘yeah you are able to do no matter you need. I don’t care.’ Even when the police come, they take them away, they arrive after 2 to three weeks and do the identical factor once more.”
Burglaries within the sixth Precinct, in the meantime, are up 119% this 12 months, with 272 offenses in comparison with the 124 at this level final 12 months.
A number of main crimes have been up, with 10 rapes reported this 12 months, versus 7 final 12 months and two murders in 2022 versus none in 2021. The one vibrant spots have been that there have been no shootings to date this 12 months within the precinct and a virtually 4% drop in felonious assaults.
Some blamed this disturbing rise in thefts and normal crime on bail reform — as beneath the brand new guidelines, virtually all larceny suspects get released with out having to publish bail or bond.
“This entire bail reform has to go,” Kevin Jackson, the final supervisor of John’s of Bleecker Avenue pizzeria, insisted.
“Our greatest concern is with the homeless bothering the shoppers with the outside eating … A few of them do have weapons. I had a knife pulled on me about 4 months in the past. It’s a harmful state of affairs,” he mentioned.
“I don’t even name (the police) anymore, I simply to strive shoo them away and so they provide you with a tough time. I mainly simply information them away from the shoppers.”
Lobsang Tsering, an worker at La Vid Wine & Spirits, informed The Submit that he known as the cops on a homeless man as soon as — just for him to overtly return to the Sixth Avenue retailer days later.
“Generally homeless individuals come inside and so they don’t wish to depart, they sit in right here,” Tsering mentioned. “One homeless man informed me ‘name (the) police I wish to go to jail’. Then in two days, he’d return again.”
In different precincts in metropolis which have lengthy seen excessive crime charges, the newest 2022 crime information is simply as grim. For instance, within the Bronx’s forty fourth Precinct, main crimes are as much as 2,238 this 12 months in comparison with 1,518 in 2021 — 47.4% improve.
Nonetheless, the sixth Precinct isn’t the one Manhattan upmarket space that has seen a pointy improve in crime.
The often low-crime 1st Precinct, which covers the Monetary District, is No. 7 on the listing of highest crime will increase — with a 65% spike this 12 months.
Main crimes within the neighborhood encompassing Wall Avenue are as much as 1,152 in comparison with the 696 that occurred over the identical interval final 12 months, the figures present.
“The criminals know now that they’ll go into the excessive value areas and there’s no penalties. So now they’ll go to the sixth Precinct, the first Precinct the place the vacationers are and it’s the identical as being in an greater crimes neighborhood,” a veteran Manhattan cop informed The Submit.
“Why rob somebody there when you possibly can rob somebody that’s wealthy and there’s no penalties?”
The ten NYPD instructions south of 59th Avenue — generally known as Patrol Borough Manhattan South — have seen an enormous 51% improve in felony crime, driving a 36% general spike in major crimes citywide in comparison with the identical interval in 2021, figures present.
In Chelsea, which is overseen by the NYPD’s tenth Precinct, main crimes are up practically 39% — a number of share factors greater than the present citywide price.
Grand larceny in that neighborhood is up 48% to 418 reported incidents to date this 12 months from 282 final 12 months, the info reveals.
“The captain on the native precinct appears to be listening however his story appears to be the identical factor each time. It’s like ‘hey we arrest these individuals however they’re again on the road inside hours’,” Chelsea resident, Barry Sutton, 59, informed The Submit.
“So there simply doesn’t appear to be an entire lot they’ll do.”