10/22/2010 03:39 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

NYPD Calls Special Meeting After Huge Spike In Robberies

There's plenty of reason to look over your shoulder, clutch your purse and avoid dark alleys in New York these days.

The city has seen a 29% jump in robberies from this time last year.

This trend is so alarming that the NYPD will hold an internal meeting amongst the department's top brass to discuss what's being done, and what needs to take place to curb the problem.

NYPD Spokesperson Paul Browne says the spate of robberies is mostly the fault of the city's youth.

"The spike's attributable mainly to young robbers, teens and preteens," Browne told the Post, "taking cellphones and other personal electronic devices."

For anyone paying attention to city news lately, the jump in crime should come as no surprise. Click through to browse recent reports.