People in the liberal city of New York are not leaving their houses, out of fear of crime. According to a nonprofit group, over 60% of workers do not go to their offices on a normal weekday, due to the rising crime rate.
New Yorkers Afraid to Go Out of Their Homes
While low attendance during COVID times was a daily affair in most office localities, this time, people are not willing to go to their offices to avoid facing crimes.
Kathryn Wylde, the president of the nonprofit group, Partnership for New York City, asserted the declining attendance in offices is a “public safety problem,” coupled with rapid homelessness in the state.
She declared her group asked a variety of people in the city about ways of improving office attendance. They suggested they wish to see more police officers on the streets, alongside fewer “homeless” and “mentally ill” individuals.
This is Manhattan! <40% of office workers are going to their office to work.
“Crime rates in New York City threaten a long-term decline of workers going into Manhattan offices, according to a nonprofit group that advocates for local business leaders.”https://t.co/6amtO2rK5w
— John R Lott Jr. (@JohnRLottJr) May 9, 2022
Thus, the CEO noted that even employers cannot help their workers coming to offices as this is a public safety problem now.
So, if the relevant authorities do not step up to resolve the issue, the decline in office populations will continue in days to come.
New Yorkers Want More Police Officers
Increasing crimes have become a hot-button issue in many Democratic cities, as the idea of police defunding continues persisting in their areas.
According to the New York Police Department, major crimes jumped by 34.2% in April alone in New York City, which is worrying law enforcement agencies.
Even though only 39% of workers show up to their offices in Manhattan on average, most of them only come thrice per week, as per the study.
Before the start of the pandemic, companies required over 80% of workers to show up physically, Wylde added.
In another study in March, the same nonprofit group stated 84% of New Yorkers believe the law and order situation in the city has worsened, compared to 2020.
It’s no surprise Americans aren’t flocking to New York.
One Party Democrat Rule in Albany has created high taxes, high crime, and imposed too many mandates!https://t.co/jM5pLQzFOO
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) May 10, 2022
Furthermore, almost 40% of New Yorkers are considering moving somewhere else. Amid all of this, the mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, is trying hard to convince people to come back to their offices.
He emphasized that workers cannot remain in their “pajamas all day” in their homes, adding that returning back to work is crucial for the economic recovery of the city.
Adams even launched an unsuccessful initiative to get rid of increasing homeless encampments on subways, which are one of the reasons for workers not going to offices.
Recently, the police department of Capitol Hill also suggested the number of on-duty police officers has been reduced to 3,500 in the city, compared to the recommended number of 4,000.
This prompted many criminals to jump on the streets as even juvenile offenders continued their violent rush in the liberal city.