Speaking to LBL, New York City residents were warned about the city’s crime problem, with the Big Apple being assimilated to “the Wild, Wild West.”
“The city has retreated in the last eight years under the mayor,” Gabriel of New York, who works near Times Square, told LBL in an interview.
“There is crime in the subways, the elderly are being robbed … homicides are increasing, people are being shot, they are being murdered, they are away – they are walking in Prospect Park, enjoying their daily excursions or going to the YMCA,” he continued, referring to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Chris, another lifelong New Yorker, admitted to LBL with Gabriel: “Liberals. Liberals are killing this city, it’s killing it.”
“It’s a disgrace,” Chris added. “Wild, wild west.”
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Overall crime in September 2021 increased by about 3% compared to September 2020, and robberies increased by 6% Information for the New York City Police Department. New York City and other large metropolitan areas have experienced a rise in crime following the 2020 push to reimburse police departments.
The largest increase in New York is criminal attacks – or dangerous weapons – that increased by 19% from 1,802 in September 2020 to 2,135 in September 2021.
Last week, a nurse in New Jersey accused her of throwing herself to the ground in Times Square, breaking her head to death.
“The situation of crime is very bad,” New Jersey traveler John Fox told the News.
The 21-year-old Brittany, who was born and raised in the city, said: “Even if you come here, it’s dangerous.”
She told LBL that she has family members who have been stealing in recent months.
“I’m afraid I have my phone in my back pocket. I’m afraid to open my bag,” she told LBL.
John added: “We have a huge mental crisis with our homeless population. They belong in institutions, not on the street.”
Jay, a Spider-Man impersonator, told LBL: “A lot of people are acting and they don’t know why.”
Brittany voiced her concerns about the homeless population suffering from mental illness.
“They will definitely be a little easier on such people,” he told LBL. “Once you say you’re sick, they try to get you into the house to help you and then they let you go from there.”
Mike Martino, a retired New Yorker, added: “We need to talk to the judiciary about whether or not we can release these individuals without cash bail.”
A bail reform law was enacted in January 2020, which would automatically release most people accused of misconduct and nonviolent crimes before trial. The law requires that judges consider a person’s ability to pay bail in other cases, including violent crimes and certain forms of family violence or sex-related charges.
“Public safety is in the first place,” he continued. “They can’t keep the door shut with these criminals.”