Crime Rates in the City Fall Again: NYPD

The figures reflect a nationwide trend

Monday, Dec 28, 2009  |  Updated 2:15 PM EDT
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Crime Rates in the City Fall Again: NYPD

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New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg say 2009 is another record-setting year in crime reduction.

     New figures released Monday show overall crime is down in the city 11 percent from last year, and 35 percent since 2001. Murders are down 11 percent. The only major crime that is rising is felony assault, up 2 percent.
    
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.

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