NYC is Still One of the Safest!

180px-Nypdpatch.jpgDespite a reputation of being a haven for crime and “sketch-ocity,” an FBI study released Monday shows that New York remained one of the safest large cities in the country in the first half of 2006. With a decrease of over 7% in overall crime during that timeframe, New York continues to improve on a stellar record of crime drops over the last decade or so.

This crime drop started in around 1993, with Rudy Giuliani’s first term as mayor. The team of Giuliani and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton proved extremely effective at stopping petty crime, and then moving on th larger criminal acts like murder and rape, and on to criminal enterprises and organized crime. Their crime reduction process, CompStat, was adopted in other cities across the world due to its widespread success.

Despite this drop, I am concerned about the large growth of murder rates. The amount of murders in NYC grew at over ten times that of the nation, which is a perplexing and staggering figure, especially considering the drop in all other major crime statistics. It will be interesting to watch this statistic in the coming months as they eventually release their findings for the rest of 2006.

[Photo courtesy Wikipedia]

1 Comment so far

  1. Parker (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

    This murder rate is not an actual reflection of the number of murders in the city. This year they changed the counting method to include people who died this year from injuries sustained in previous years, and announced ahead of time that the number would seem a bit inflated.

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