In a prior blog entry, I had suggested that that persistently high unemployment in Upper Manhattan (14%) might be leading to the somewhat higher property crime rates in the past few years. 2011 crime statistics from the 34th Precinct suggest the same. Here is a year-to-date comparison of 2010 and 2011 crime statistics in major categories (2010/2011): grand larceny auto (71/79); grand larceny (288/300); burglary (142/218); felony assault (183/192); robbery (218/220); rape (14/16); murder (3/7). Studies show that economic hardship often leads to increased property crimes but generally not higher violent crime rates.
The statistics above put Upper Manhattan somewhat at odds with New York City as a whole where property crime rates remain steady.