The city experienced the lowest crime rate in August, September and October since at least 1994, new statistics show.
Total crime, which focuses on the so-called seven majors — murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto — is down 7.9% for the last three months as compared to the same period last year, data reveal.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said the record lows are proof that both his liberal and conservative critics need to back off.
“The reality of this city is that the city is getting safer and it’s getting safer because the cops are focusing on what they do and by and large are not paying attention to the left or to the right, which is appropriate,” Bratton said.
The way I look at it, if the police are refusing to take reports (and we all know they are), you can't claim that crime is down. Not to mention how much unreported crime there is because the victim is fearful or what have you.
Is the city safer than it was during the crack epidemic? Yes.
Is it safer than it was 10 years ago? I doubt it.