Murders in New York drop to 50-year low
Murders in New York City have dropped 19pc in 2012 from last year and are set to mark the lowest total in 50 years, police said.
There were 414 murders up to December 23, beating the previous low of 471 reached in 2009, Paul Browne, a spokes- man for the New York City Police Department, said.
Barring a sudden spike in violence in the last week of the year, 2012 will mark the lowest murder total during the last 50 years that reliable comparisons can be made, Mr Browne said.
The spokesman attributed the drop to the police department's focus on violent crimes and guns and the deployment of officers to areas experiencing shootings.