The five boroughs of New York City last year generally reported less crime, but more violent crime, on a per capita basis than the major upstate counties, according to data recently posted by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.
A new analysis of reported index crime per 100,000 population shows that last year there were 3,193 crimes per capita in Manhattan; 2,525 in the Bronx; 2,346 in Brooklyn; 1,779 in Queens; and 1,444 on Staten Island. With 882 violent crimes per capita, the Bronx was the most dangerous of the boroughs, and Staten Island, with 303, was the safest. Index crimes are the seven offenses used to calculate crime rates: the violent crimes of murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault and the property crimes of burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.
In comparison, Albany County reported 3,460 index crimes per capita, Erie (Buffalo) had 3,403, Monroe (Rochester) had 3,295 and Onondaga (Syracuse) had 2,740, according to the agency. With 455 violent crimes per capita, Erie County last year was the most dangerous of the upstate counties. However, the violent crime rate in Erie County was still lower than four of the five boroughs, all except Staten Island.
On Long Island, Suffolk County reported considerably more index crimes per capita than Nassau County, but fewer violent crimes. In Suffolk last year, there were 2,095 index crimes per 100,000 people, compared with 1,440 in Nassau. However, Nassau County reported 165 violent crimes per capita while Suffolk reported 146.