New York City residents who spoke with Fox News sounded the alarm on the metropolis’s crime downside, with one equating the Big Apple to “the wild, wild West.”

“The city has regressed the past eight years under the mayor,” Gabriel, a lifelong New Yorker who works close to Times Square, instructed Fox News in an interview. 

“Crime in the subways, old women getting robbed … homicide going up, people getting shot, shootings are up, killings are up, and he’s aloof – he’s walking in Prospect Park, enjoying his daily stroll or going to YMCA,” he continued, referring to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Another lifelong New Yorker, Chris, instructed Fox News, agreeing with Gabriel: “Liberals. Liberals are killing this city, absolutely killing it.”

“It’s a disgrace,” Chris added. “The wild, wild West.”


Overall crime rose by virtually 3% in September 2021 in comparison with September 2020, and robberies elevated by 6%, based on New York City Police Department data. New York City and different massive metropolitan areas have confronted crime surges following the 2020 push to defund police departments.

The largest enhance in New York was for felonious assault – or assault with a harmful weapon – which surged by practically 19% from 1,802 in September 2020 to 2,135 in September 2021.

A New Jersey nurse died final week after an alleged mugger shoved her to the floor in Times Square, cracking her head.

“The crime situation has gotten extremely bad,” John, a commuter from New Jersey, instructed Fox News.  

Brittany, a 21-year-old who was born and raised in the metropolis stated: “It is dangerous out here, even if you’re from here.”

She instructed Fox News she has members of the family who have been robbed in current months.

“I’m even scared to have my phone in my back pocket, I’m even scared to have my bag open,” she instructed Fox News.

John added: “We have a huge mental crisis with our homeless population. They belong in institutions, not on the street.”

A Spider-Man impersonator named Jay instructed Fox News: “A lot of people are acting out and not necessarily knowing why they’re acting out.”

Brittany additionally expressed her considerations about the homeless inhabitants affected by psychological sickness.

“They definitely do be a little bit easy on people like that,” she instructed Fox News. “Once you say that you’re sick, they try to put you in a home to help that and then they just let them go from there.”

A retired New Yorker named Mike Martino added: “We’re going to have to talk to the judicial system about whether or not they should be releasing these individuals without cash bail.”

A bail reform regulation went into impact in January 2020 that made launch earlier than trial computerized for most individuals accused of misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. In different instances, together with violent felonies and a few home violence- or sex-related costs, the regulation required the choose to think about an individual’s capability to pay bail.

“Public safety is number one,” he continued. “They just can’t keep a revolving door with these criminals.”