According to preliminary data published Tuesday by the New York Police Department, crime in the Big Apple continued to drop again this year, with October being the safest month in the city since CompStat records began to be recorded.
From AM New York:
Overall crime is continuing to decrease this year, leading NYPD officials to predict 2016 could end up being a record low for crime.
So far this year, the NYPD is looking at a 3.4 percent decrease in total major crimes, or 2,967 fewer crime incidents, than last year. Homicides have dropped by about 5.6 percent compared to the same time period last year, or 17 fewer murders. And there have been 93 fewer shootings this year than 2015, a 9.7 percent decrease.
“We are poised to see a historic year in New York City crime, we truly are,” said Dermot Shea, deputy commissioner of operations. “We don’t believe we’re done. We think we can push this crime lower.”
Not all crime is down, however. As of Oct. 23, felony assaults had increased by 2.9 percent and rape was up by 3.7 percent. Grand larcenies — a category that has been up for most of the year — basically flatlined with only 50 more incidents this year as of Oct. 23 than last year, a 0.1 percent increase.