Sunday 25 February 2018

New York City celebrates going 10 days without a murder

Payton Guion

New York City has set a new record for a ten day streak without a single murder.

The New York Police Department said that in the last ten days the city has had no homicides reported, the longest period recorded since the NYPD began recording days between murders in 2003.

This streak broke the previous record of nine days set in 2013.

New York often gets credited for being safe for a city of its size, but criminologists warn not to take too much from these numbers.

Crime is cyclical and murder rates decline in the winter, they said.

According to NYPD statistics, seven murders were recorded in the week before the streak began and 39 murders were committed between 1 January and 1 February 2015, up from 33 over the same period in 2014.

While murders remain a problem in New York, they have fallen precipitously since 1990, NYPD data shows.

In 1990, 2,262 murders were committed, 85.3pc higher than the 333 murders recorded in 2014.

Independent News Service

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