Murders and rapes were up slightly in July while overall major crime continued its downward trend this year, officials said Thursday.
There were 33 homicides compared to 31 last July and 149 rapes compared with 147 in 2015, according to numbers released by the NYPD.
Overall, major crime was down about 1 percent this year with 511 fewer incidents through the end of July compared with 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
“Very, very impressive and consistent numbers,” de Blasio said during a press conference at One Police Plaza. "When you see these kind of consistent numbers it tells you something profound has happened."
(Or someone is cooking the books.)