From the Daily News:
While some precincts saw percentage spikes in crimes, the overall number of serious crimes for the first half of this year were the lowest in decades, according to the latest NYPD figures.
Reported rapes were up, but police and women's advocacy groups said a good portion were from more victims stepping forward and increased investigative awareness and sensitivity.
Murders and shootings were down in Patrol Borough Queens South, which covers some of the city's most rough-and-tumble precincts, while they were up slightly in the more middle-class Patrol Borough Queens North.
Queens South logged 20 murders through July 3, compared to 31 for the same period last year - a 35.5% drop, along with a 23.3% drop in shooting victims, with 79 so far this year and 103 last year.