Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Crime drops yet further in New York
Crime plummeted statewide for the 11th consecutive year in 2004, particularly in violent categories such as murder, rape and robbery, officials said.So it seems New York's prisons will continue to empty while the rest of the nation's continue to fill.
Overall crime from Buffalo to Brooklyn fell 3.6 percent across the state, outpacing a national drop.
Violent crime, defined as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, had an even greater decline — 5.9 percent — more than triple the reduction in similar crimes across the nation.
According to the numbers, crime has declined 47 percent across the state ...with 400,000 fewer crimes committed last year than in 1994...
New York City's five boroughs are where significant crime reductions were made, according to the study...
More recent figures released by the NYPD last week showed an overall crime reduction of 6 percent over the first five months of this year.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said murders are down 16 percent so far this year... [NY Post]