NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's murder rate rose by 5 percent in 2008 after hitting a record low the year before.
City police also reported a slight increase in robberies, but all other major crime categories fell and the overall rate dropped 4 percent.
The city's overall crime rate has fallen each year for the past 18 years. This year, there were 501 murders reported in the city as of Sunday, up from 476 murders during the same period last year.
Robberies were up 1.8 percent this year. Felony assault cases fell 8 percent and burglary and auto theft cases fell 6 percent.
The city recorded 496 murders in 2007, the lowest since it started keeping comparable records in 1961. It recorded the most homicides - 2,245 - in 1990.
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