New York City reports record low murder rate for 2012 - Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

New York City reports record low murder rate for 2012

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

New York City officials say that there will be a record low number of murders and shootings in the city in 2012.

As of Friday morning, there have been 414 homicides in 2012 - the previous record low was 471 homicides in 2009.

The number of murders has dropped by 19 percent in comparison to 2011.

There has been a record low 1,353 shootings this year - the previous low for shootings was 1,420 in 2009.  Shootings have decreased by 8.5 percent so far this year compared to 2011 and 14.5 percent since 2001.

Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly released the statistics today at the police department recruit graduation ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

"The number of murders this year will be lower than any time in recorded city history," said Mayor Bloomberg.

The city credits putting more police in high crime areas as a reason for the decline.

City murder statistics date back to 1963 when the city recorded 548 homicides.  The most murders New York City recorded in a single year was 2,245  in 1990.

Guns remained the leading cause of murder but they are down 20 percent.

City officials say that if New York City had Chicago's murder rate, New York City would have a total of more than 1,400 murders this year.  Chicago marked its 500th murder of the year this week.

If New York City had Detroit's murder rate, New York City would have nearly 4,400 murders this year.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Report: Missing NJ man found dead in Israeli forest

    Report: Missing NJ man found dead in Israeli forest

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:13:32 GMT
    Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., has been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
    Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a young New Jersey religious student who disappeared during a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week. Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, N.J., has been missing since Friday, when he went on a hike with a friend in the Jerusalem Forest, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
  • RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

    RV offers legal help outside NY, NJ family courts

    Thursday, August 28 2014 11:09 AM EDT2014-08-28 15:09:22 GMT
    A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles.
    A new assistance program in New York and New Jersey seeks to help parents settle child support battles.
  • Dangerous rip currents at NJ, NY beaches

    Dangerous rip currents at NJ, NY beaches

    Thursday, August 28 2014 10:43 AM EDT2014-08-28 14:43:06 GMT
    The rip current risk remains high along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. Some beaches were open to the public but closed to swimmers. The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory and Rip Current Statement for the area beaches because of the effects of Hurricane Cristobal, which is expected to track south and east of the Jersey shore through Thursday.
    The rip current risk remains high along the New Jersey and New York coastlines. Some beaches were open to the public but closed to swimmers. The National Weather Service issued a High Surf Advisory and Rip Current Statement for the area beaches because of the effects of Hurricane Cristobal, which is expected to track south and east of the Jersey shore through Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow

KTTV FOX 11
1999 S. Bundy Dr.
Los Angeles CA 90025

Main: (310) 584-2000
News Tips? (310) 584-2025

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices