Unmasking the riddle of public safety

New York City Mayor Eric L. Adams recently advised businesses to prevent customers from walking into their stores while wearing masks in an effort to deter crime. Barry Williams/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service

WATERTOWN — Like it has in many other high-population areas across the country, crime in New York City has reached disturbing levels.

Major crimes in the Big Apple rose 22% in 2022 over the previous year. According to a Jan. 5 article published by The New York Times, categories that saw the largest increases included robberies and burglaries. However, the city saw “a significant drop in shootings and murders,” The New York Times reported.

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