All crime continues to be down in Westchester County.  Counting all four quarters of 2017-2021, crime in Westchester County has dropped significantly in all categories. Westchester County Executive George Latimer said it all comes down to good police work and community connections.

Latimer will be releasing the latest crime statistics in Ardsley, where crime has also dropped.

The Westchester County Department of Public Safety compared 2017 through 2021 and saw a decrease across the board:

4 % Decrease in Index Crimes

9 % Decrease in Violent Crimes

That includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

7 % Decrease in Property Crimes

That includes burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft.

Source: DCJS, Uniform Crime Reporting File

In Ardsley, total index crimes follow a similar trend to the Count:. 

Ardsley Total Index Crime

2017: 37

2018: 28

2019: 22

2020*: 30

2021*: 15

*11 months reporting

County Public Safety credits the drop in crime to the work of the local municipalities, the collaborative efforts at the Real Time Crime Center and community policing.  The Westchester County Police Department operates a real-time crime center that includes automated license plate readers and artificial intelligence. The hub is where police collect and analyze surveillance, intelligence, and data from a number of sources in real-time. Every police agency in Westchester County is represented at the Real Time Crime Center.

Index Crimes

2017: 11,580
2018: 9,846
2019: 9,664
2020: 10,307
2021: 9,216

Property Crimes

2017: 9,267
2018: 8,169
2019: 8,031
2020: 8,723
2021: 7,712

Violent Crime

2017: 1,953
2018: 1,677
2019: 1,633
2020: 1,584
2021: 1,504

2017 to 2021 Snapshot:

  • Total crime, property crimes, violent crime are all down from when comparing 2017 to 2021.
  • Crime generally dropped each year as compared the prior year, except in 2020.
  • In 2020, there was a spike in property crime – and therefore total index crimes – as compared to the year before. But the 2020 numbers for both total index crimes and property crimes was still less than the 2017 numbers.
  • In 2020, violent crime was down as compared to the year before even as property crimes rose
  • Violent crime dropped every year from 2017 to 2021 as compared to a prior year.