Wednesday, December 24, 2008

NYC Murder Rate Up 5% in 2008

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.


Photo from Daily News

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nonewithstanding crime is dowm - but it is also an area where because of Police success, it's manpower and budget is at risk. Same for the firefighters - look at the fire-house closing or cutting a full shift from select fire-houses. Does fire only occur on certain shifts in select neighborhoods? How about crime?

Anonymous said...

Who certifies the numbers that crime is actually down? The NYPD number fudgers. Majority of Queens precincts are woefully understaffed and ignored.

Anonymous said...

Who certifies the numbers that crime is actually UP? The same NYPD number fudgers.

You only believe 'em when the numbers are high? I guess that makes you a "glass half empty" kinda person.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the same NYPD fudgers who want to increase the union rolls.

Anonymous said...

Great time to cut back on cops. We need to sustain those developer tax breaks though.

So where is the outrage by the newspapers and the preservation community?

Anonymous said...

"Who certifies the numbers that crime is actually down? The NYPD number fudgers. Majority of Queens precincts are woefully understaffed and ignored."

This is entirely correct. I know the system from the inside and love to spill when I can.

Too many felony robberies? Make them misdemeanors. Almmost like the 'dumbing down' of crime.

And everyone is complicit - Captains - Borough commanders, right up to Bloomie. All can say crime is down when it isnt.

What also gets trivialized in the process - the victims who receive no justice while the impact of what they have suffered is trivialized, the people of NYC who have to live in the midst of perps who arent tried and convicted of the true crimes they perpetrated.

Who benefits? Look right up the PD line up to the Mayor, they can all come out and say "Crime is down!!!', keep their jobs and win re-election.

Lets just simplify this:

Question: What are the crime numbers?

Methodology to resolve the question: Lets ask the people who will lose their ranks, or be punished otherwise, if the numbers are too poor, what the crime rates are.

Conclusion: Crimes arent down, they are WAY friggin DOWN!!

joe a said...

murder rate up


thanks mike please no 3rd term

joe a said...

murder rate up


thanks mike please no 3rd term

Anonymous said...

there is no such thing as a misdemeanor robbery