By PHILIP MESSING, NY Post
June 25, 2008 -- The city's murder rate is up nearly 8 percent this year - with surges in rapes and robberies as well, police statistics show.
Nevertheless, the NYPD said the city's overall crime has dipped 3 percent so far this year.
Through Sunday, there were 238 murders, compared with 221 during the same period last year - a 7.6 increase. Five additional murders have been reported since Sunday.
The rise in deadly violence has been accompanied by a troubling 6.2 percent increase in rapes, as well as a 4.4 percent rise in robberies.
Drops in four other serious crime categories - assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto - fueled the 3.09 percent decline in overall crime.