Murders, rapes and robberies have shot up in the Big Apple this year, despite a drop in overall crime, police statistics show.
IT'S MURDER OUT THERE: CITY SLAYS, RAPES AND ROBBERIES SOAR IN '08
Homicides jumped nearly 10 percent, to 377, compared with 344 for the same time period in 2007, according to statistics recorded through Sept. 21. If the trend continues, the city will end the year with about 550 killings, compared to 496 last year, the lowest in nearly four decades.
Faced with a looming $90 million budget cut and an already shrinking force, the NYPD will be hard-pressed to hold the line against violence - especially considering that overtime, the principal weapon in blanketing trouble spots, will likely be slashed, insiders and observers agree. The department has gone from a high of 41,000 cops to about 36,000.