Murder rate has skyrocketed in the Bronx, NYPD says

Murders in the Bronx have skyrocketed in 2018, nearly doubling compared to the same period last year, according to newly released crime statistics from the NYPD.

As of Sunday, 50 people have been killed in the Bronx since the start of 2018, CompStat data collected by the NYPD shows. In the same period of 2017, 26 people had been murdered in the borough, according to the numbers.

The massive uptick in homicides in the borough represents a 92.3 percent increase, police said.

Murders in the 48th Precinct — where an innocent teen was stabbed to death by suspected ganbangers last week — also went through the roof in the same period, increasing 125 percent.

Nine murders were recorded in the precinct through Sunday, compared to four in the same period last year.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark acknowledged the borough’s drastic uptick in violence.

“I want to thank the community for their help. We and law enforcement need your assistance to fight the violence that sadly and tragically has been increasing in the Bronx in the last few weeks,” Clark said.

The murderous trend in the Bronx is also seen on a smaller scale citywide, where there have been 138 murders since the start of 2018, compared to 130 at this time last year — a 6.2 percent increase.

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