Bloomberg: Crime Hits Historic Low
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly announced that crime in New York City fell again in 2009, marking the nineteenth straight year that major crime has declined. Included are reductions in every borough and in nearly every category. The City is on course to have fewer homicides than in any year since comparable records were kept beginning in 1963. The previous record low was 2007, and the second lowest year on record was 2008. Prior to 2002, the City hadn’t recorded fewer than 600 murders in a year since the early 1960s. This will be the eighth consecutive year the City has seen less than 600 murders. Overall, major felony crime in New York City has fallen 11 percent this year compared to last year, and nearly 35 percent since 2001.
“The officers graduating today are joining the greatest police force in the world, one that has helped drive crime down even farther in 2009, when fewer murders were committed than any year in record,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The numbers are staggering: since 2001, we’ve driven murder down by 29 percent, rape down by 38 percent, robbery down by 34 percent – the list goes on. Commissioner Kelly and the extraordinary men and women of the NYPD deserve the credit and our thanks.
The conventional wisdom is that when the economy suffers crime goes up, but we’ve never accepted that premise. Despite the downturn, New York City – already the safest big city in the nation – became even safer in 2009, and we’re committed to building on our progress in 2010.”
The Police Department continues to target high crime areas with Operation Impact.
Under Operation Impact, specially designated Impact Zones in areas experiencing upticks in crime are flooded with teams of rookie and veteran police officers.