NYP: New York’s criminal element has sunk to a new despicable low in 2016, as crimes against the elderly have skyrocketed thanks to a wave of violent attacks on senior citizens, according to newly released NYPD statistics.
Slightly more than 1,000 people over 65 have been assaulted across the city through Oct. 31 — a 16 percent increase over the 863 old folks who were attacked in the same period in 2015, cops said.
Robberies also increased against the elderly, with a 6.5 percent jump so far this year from 348 to 371.
The total number of major crimes against the elderly is up 3.4 percent, with 5,027 against seniors compared to 4,862 in the same period last year.
The disturbing numbers have been illustrated by a number of high-profile attacks on older people, such the mugging of a wheel-chair bound 95-year-old woman in a Harlem clothing store in broad daylight in September.