As a tourist hotspot, petty crime abounds in New York City — and it’s not just pickpockets who thrive. From overall delinquency to robberies and break-ins, these are the most crime-heavy neighborhoods in Manhattan. Please note: all crime rates are for the month of August 2017, per every 1,000 residents.
1. Koreatown (Crime rate: 10.02)
On West 32nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue is a cluster of over 100 Korean restaurants, bars, and shops. Theft is the biggest issue in Koreatown, especially in stores filled with small items that can only be accessed via narrow, dimly-lit hallways.
2. Midtown West (Crime rate: 3.79)
On the west side of Manhattan lies Hell’s Kitchen, officially referred to as Midtown West. The official boundaries are from 29th Street to 59th Street and Madison Avenue to the Hudson River. The neighborhood is known for its vibrant food and shopping scene, bustling tourist population — and apparently, its fair share of criminal activity.
3. Diamond District (Crime rate: 3.79)
As the name suggests, the Diamond District is one of the primary centers of the global diamond industry. This block on 47th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan is home to dazzling jewelry stores that sell a variety of rare gemstones. The Diamond District is also high on the list of crime, despite the constant police presence and security measures put in place by store owners.
Burglary, or illegal entry into a building with the intent to commit a crime, happens with relative infrequency in New York City. Still, a few neighborhoods have an elevated rate of burglary, namely:
1. Herald Square/Koreatown (Burglary rate: 0.68)
Even though Koreatown and the surrounding area has the highest rate of burglaries in Manhattan, residents shouldn’t be too worried: in August, the burglary rate was less than one out of every 1,000 residents.
2. East Harlem (Burglary rate: 0.30)
East Harlem occupies a large portion of northern Manhattan, starting just above Central Park. Historically, it’s always had a high crime rate. But in recent years, the burglary rate has been quite low: the neighborhood bordered by 5th Avenue on the west, East 115th Street on the south, and the Harlem River on the east had only 0.30 burglaries per every 1,000 residents in August.
3. Midtown West/Diamond District (Burglary rate: 0.19)
Break-ins are common in this part of the city, relative to other neighborhoods — probably in large part due to the crowds and the abundance of businesses. Still, there were only .19 break-ins for every 1,000 residents in August — making your chances of being the victim of a burglary in this neighborhood very slim.
Robbery, or the taking away of personal property under the threat of violence or fear, is a problem in Manhattan due to the island’s large population density. These are the areas of the city that are most affected by robberies.
1. Herald Square/Koreatown (Robbery rate: 0.92)
This area takes the #1 spot again — likely due to the fact that there are many tourists crowding this popular shopping area, serving as easy prey for thieves. Robberies occur frequently at the many shops and storefronts, both during and after hours.
2. Harlem (Robbery rate: 0.45)
Harlem is home to many local businesses, and even though there is a large police presence in the area, the neighborhood’s history of crime has not been completely abolished. Still, there were only .45 robberies per every 1000 residents in August.
3. Greenwich Village (Burglary rate: 0.27)
This hip neighborhood on the west side of lower Manhattan doesn’t seem like it would be a hotbed of crime. However, with .27 robberies per every 1000 residents, it takes the third spot in our list.
While it’s good to be aware of these statistics, take heart: the majority of New Yorkers do not find themselves victims of crime, theft, or robbery. To ensure that your property and belongings remain secure against home invasion, make sure you have the proper locks in place and don’t be afraid to reinforce them with a swing bar guard or another more high-tech security option.