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SLCPD: crime has decreased since New Yorker nightclub closed

Oct 13, 2023, 5:00 PM

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Salt Lake City police said gun violence seems to have simmered down since the New Yorker, a downtown nightclub, closed earlier this year.(Canva)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City police said gun violence seems to have simmered down since the New Yorker, a downtown nightclub, closed earlier this year.

Salt Lake City Police Department Sgt. Brent Weisberg said there haven’t been any significant incidents since the club closed.

The New Yorker shut down earlier this year after a number of violent incidents. Namely, one that left a man dead, and a police raid that turned up four firearms, bags of cocaine, and other substances at the establishment.

Along with this, Weisberg said SLCPD has implemented a violent crime reduction plan.

“We’ve seen that plan well executed and we’ve seen it working,” he said. “Violent crime in the city, year-to-date, is down about 11%. Overall crime is down 15% … That is monumental.”

However, Weisberg said despite the amount of crime that was associated with the late-night club, gang activity isn’t necessarily the only culprit.

“It’s not fair to say that it was all gang-related,” he said. “You know, there are multiple reasons that crime can happen.”

Devin Oldroyd contributed to this story.

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SLCPD: crime has decreased since New Yorker nightclub closed