Map: Find out what crimes are being committed in your 'hood

The newly released NYC Crime Map, created by the NYPD, shows the location and date of every crime in the city

NYC Crime Map

NYC Crime Map Still via NYCgov

The interesting/horrifying NYC Crime Map shows every incident of the “seven major crimes” throughout the boroughs. In case you’re not familiar with the NYPD’s big ones, they are: murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny of a motor vehicle. The interactive tool depicts where and when the reported felonies have been committed from January 2012 through October 2013. You can zoom in to see what went down on your block, or zoom out to see how each neighborhood’s crime level stacks up against the others.

The zoomed-out view is useful for looking at the big picture of crime. Some surprising trends that we noticed for 2013? We’ll start with the good news. Staten Island is pretty damn safe, with some of the lowest crime levels in the city. Other notably crime-free areas are the Upper East and West Sides—they had two murders total in 2013—along with Washington Heights, South Brooklyn and most of northern Queens.

Okay, now for the bad news. Midtown’s MTS Precinct (the area from 29th Street to 45th Street; from Ninth Avenue to Lexington Avenue) is a mess with the highest overall crimes committed per capita—in case you needed another reason not to visit Times Square. Most of the crimes involved stealing (1,679 grand larcenies), but there were also 139 assaults, 10 rapes and a murder. While it still seems pretty bad to us, the NYPD has warned that these stats may look worse than they actually are due to the low population of full-time residents versus visitors (read: tourists).

Aside from the high-crime blip in midtown, the most crime-ridden 'hoods were central Brooklyn, the Bronx and parts of southern Queens, which Gothamist has noted are the poorest areas of the city. The murder, assault and robbery rates in these neighborhoods remain relatively high, including in quasi-gentrified spots like South Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights.

If you want to look at the crimes taking place in your specific neighborhood, we recommend you don’t click the “all crimes” option, which upon zooming in makes it seem like every block is a danger zone. Instead, click through the types of infractions, and you’ll notice the relative scarcity of murders, assaults and rapes as compared to various acts of stealing (robbery, burglary, etc.).

For now, we’ll look at this as an improvement and try to take solace in police commissioner Ray Kelly’s statement that “New York City is safer than ever”—or we’ll just move to low-crime Staten Island; we hear they’re getting a Ferris wheel.

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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