County Executive Explains
Crime Decreased in Westchester
All crime is down double digits in Westchester County, County Executive George Latimer said. “It all comes down to good police work and community connections,” he noted on February 23.
“What you see in some places around the state, crime increasing – is not happening in Westchester County. Crime is continuing to drop, and I credit all the brave men and women in uniform for this positive trend.”
The Westchester County Department of Public Safety compared January – September 2017 vs. 2021 and saw a decrease across the board.
• Total Index crime has decreased 26.5 percent
• Total violent crime has decreased 27.6 percent
o That includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
• Total Property crimes have decreased 26.3 percent
o That includes burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.
Source: DCJS, Uniform Crime Reporting File (as of 2/7/2022)
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.”
“Our police are doing a remarkable job keeping Westchester County safe. People move here, and stay here, because Westchester County is safe. Crime is down – it’s been down, and it will continue to be down. Together we will fight to keep our streets safe,” Latimer added.
County Public Safety credits the drop in crime to the work of the local municipalities, the collaborative efforts at the Real Time Crime Center and community policing. The Westchester County Police Department operates a real-time crime center that includes automated license plate readers and artificial intelligence. The hub is where police collect and analyze surveillance, intelligence and data from a number of sources in real-time. Every police agency in Westchester County is represented at the Real Time Crime Center.