2004-12-16 / Top Stories

New York City’s 2004 Crime Rate Reaches Historic Lows

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly this week announced that New York City’s crime rate reached new historic lows in 2004 and that based on the FBI Uniform Crime Index Report, the city remains the safest large city in Ame-rica.

With reductions in every borough, New York City experienced another dramatic decrease this year in overall crime Citywide of almost 5% from last year, 9% from two years ago, and 15% from three years ago. In addition, the City is on course to have fewer than 600 homicides by year’s end for the third consecutive year in a row. The Mayor announced the new crime statistics with Police Commissioner Ray-mond W. Kelly and Criminal Justice Coordinator John Feinblatt at the 77th Precinct in Crown Heights – an area that has experienced a 26% drop in overall crime over the last three years.

“We’ve had another successful year providing safety and security by driving down crime another 5% Citywide and once again we are ranked the safest big city in America.” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The remarkable drop in crime shows that our strategy of focusing on problem people and problem places is working. This achievement is even more noteworthy given that we have 3,000 fewer officers on the street today than we did in January 2002, and that in that time the NYPD has also taken on the additional responsibilities related to counter-terrorism. Our quality of life is strong, our schools are improving, and businesses are growing every day – thanks, in large part, to our efforts to reduce crime.”

Working with the city’s Criminal Justice Coordinator, the District Attor-neys and other city agencies, the NYPD has been able to drive crime to record lows in 2004. Grand Larceny Auto and Burglary are down by over 11.5% and 8.6% respectively. The NYPD has also reduced robberies by 6.7%, rapes by 5.1%, assaults by 3.6%, and murders by 4.4%, grand larceny has increased only slightly by 2.1%. Crime in the subway system has dropped 13.5% over the last three years.

The NYPD has reduced crime in every borough this year as well. To date overall crime is down 7.5% in Queens, 4.7% in Brooklyn, 4.3% in Staten Island 3.3% in the Bronx and 2.9% in Manhattan. Total crime in the city has declined 4.6% from last year.

The City is on course to have fewer than 600 homicides by year’s end for the third year in a row, with the largest declines this year in the Bronx. City-wide, homicides are down 4.4% this year, 2.7% over the last two years and 14.1% over the last three years.

According to FBI crime figures released Monday for the first 6 months of 2004, New York City remains the nation’s safest big. The FBI reports that New York City’s violent crime rate is down 3.6% this year compared to a nationwide reduction of 2%. Property crime decreased 1.4% in New York during the first six months of the years, and fell by 1.9% nationally. Of the 25 largest cities reporting to the FBI, New York City had the lowest crime rate during the first six months of 2004. This is the second time the last three years, New York City was 25 out of 25 among big cities for the six-month reporting period. Of the 217 cities re-porting with populations greater than 100,000, New York was ranked 203 rd, between Alexandria, Virginia and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Throughout 2004, the NYPD, work-ing with other criminal justice agencies, employed many of the successful crime-fighting strategies that have helped bring crime down over the last three years, and also created new, targeted initiatives.

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