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County Executive George Latimer to Give Westchester Weekly Update: Focus on Crime

As Law Enforcement Officials Nationally Aim to Combat Crime, Latimer & Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Terrance Raynor Discussed the County’s Efforts Resulting in an 11% Decrease in Index Crimes Since 2017

View Covid-19 Update here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRFlxSbbuio

View Crime Statistics Discussion here: https://youtu.be/Kw14tB-Dq00

2017 to 2020

  • Index Crimes, 11% decrease
  • Violent Crimes, 18.8 % decrease
  • Property Crimes, 9.4% decrease
  • Violent Crimes with Firearms, 22.3 % decrease
  • Weapons Secured,  370% increase

Latimer said: “I commend the work of our brave men and women in making the streets of Westchester County safer than four years ago.  Fighting crime is sometimes with a heavy hand, and sometimes it’s making more proactive and inclusive choices.  Proactive and inclusive choices – which are hallmarks of my administration- are what we are seeing here today. All the law enforcement in this County is working to make Westchester safe and I am glad to say today that we are seeing the results of their hard work.”

Westchester County Department of Public Safety Commissioner Sheriff Thomas Gleason said: “I want to thank County Executive Latimer for his support of our brave men and women and his support of our approach to policing.  Law enforcement is part of the community and it is only when we work together that we can succeed.” 

Latimer said: “We cannot predict the future, but we are committed to monitoring crime statistics and providing resources where and when they might be needed.”

The County Executive also commends the work of Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah who is working to improve the safety of our County.  

The decrease in crime statistics come from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and Westchester County Department of Public Safety.

Index Crimes*

11% Decrease

Index crimes represent a total of seven major categories of crime: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle thefts.

 

2017

2018

2019

2020

Index Crimes

11,580

9,842

9,663

10,306

Westchester County Index Crimes Reported
January - April 2021 vs. 2020
PRELIMINARY DATA

 
 

2020

2021

 

Index Total

3,322

2,681

 

Violent Total

492

468

 

Murder

8

4

 

Rape

32

27

 

Robbery

122

121

 

Agg Assault

330

316

 

Property Total

2,830

2,213

 

Burglary

276

201

 

Larceny

2,335

1,845

 

MV Theft

219

167

 

Source: DCJS, Uniform Crime Reporting Program (as of 6/28/2021)

       

Violent Crimes*

18.8 % Decrease

Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

 

2017

2018

2019

2020

Violent Crime

1,953

1,675

1,633

1,585

 

Property Crimes*

9.4% Decrease

Property crimes include burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.

 

2017

2018

2019

2020

Property Crime

9,627

 

8,167

 

8,030

 

8,721

 

Violent Crimes with Firearms*

22.3 % Decrease

A subset of violent crimes in which a firearm was used during the commission of a murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

 

2017

2018

2019

2020

Violent Crime with Firearms

295

203

185

229

 

 

Westchester County Police Pistol License Unit Activity

370% Increase

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Weapons Secured

90

62

117

222

423

Westchester County Department of Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Undersheriff Terrance Raynor said: “As the supervisor of this division it gives me great pride to know that we have made the streets of Westchester County safer.  No one wants illegal guns floating around and falling into the wrong hands.  I thank County Executive Latimer for his support in this important work.”

In order to keep legally possessed firearms from becoming illegal, a proactive measure employed by the Pistol License Unit, is to monitor pistol license expiration dates.  Each time a license is not renewed prior to the expiration date, the permit holder is notified of their permit lapse and directed to surrender their firearms. In these cases the firearm can be secured at the applicant’s local police department or brought to the Westchester Department of Public Safety.  In cases where the permit holder may be disabled or has passed away, members of the unit may ask a responsible family member to secure the firearm and turn it over to local law enforcement for safekeeping.  These actions help to keep firearms from becoming abandoned, lost or placed into the hands of unlicensed civilians.

The unit also works closely with the County Attorney’s office when serving court orders upon firearm license holders, seizing and securing firearms pursuant to such orders.

*Source https://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/crimnet/ojsa/countycrimestats.htm

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