New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that 2009 was another record-setting year in crime reduction.
New figures released Monday show overall crime is down in the city 11% from last year, and 35% since 2001. Murders are down 11%. The only major crime that is rising is felony assault, up 2%.
The figures reflect a nationwide trend.
FBI crime figures for the first half of 2009 showed crime falling across the country. Most surprisingly, murder and manslaughter fell 10 percent for the first half of the year.
Earlier this year, the NYPD had projected about 457 murders, the lowest total since the department first started keeping records in 1962.
(Crime is down because the police won't take reports. They left that part out of the article.)