NYC Lockdown Prompts Rise in Violent Crimes

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For quite some time now, there have been warnings about the negative consequences brought about by lockdowns. Enthusiasts of indefinite shutdowns make the case that forcing everyone to remain in their homes will halt the spread of COVID-19 and engender desirable consequences, but this simply isn’t so.


Thanks to lockdowns, at least 26 million Americans are out of work. Moreover, violent crime is on the rise, especially in New York City. Since Governor Andrew Cuomo got the bright idea to shutter his state and force millions of residents into their homes, New Yorkers are paying the price.

The Rise of Violent Crime in New York City

On March 20, 2020, Gov. Cuomo issued a stay home order in the name of protecting New Yorkers from COVID-19. Thus far, his efforts have proven to be both futile and counterproductive. Murders have increased by over 55% in the past month in New York City; that’s in contrast to this time in 2019 when the city was not on lockdown.

The past four weeks have prompted a 100% hike in murder between April 13 and April 19 compared to this period in 2019. The news remains negative with crimes like grand larceny auto and robberies also increasing. Sadly, there is no end in sight to either the rise of violent crimes or the New York governor’s ineffective and dangerous lockdown.

Data vs. Democrats’ Pipe Dreams

No matter how much Democrats assert that ongoing lockdowns are the answer to COVID-19, the data continues proving them wrong. The longer these stay home orders maintain, the clearer it becomes that the cure has already become worse than the problem.


Gov. Cuomo bears significant responsibility for the carnage happening in New York. The same principle applies to other Democrat governors who continue issuing these lockdowns and forcing Americans to suffer, go out of work, and lose their livelihoods.

What do you think about the rise of violent crime in New York City? How much longer do you think the shutdown will remain in place? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!