Mayor, NYPD cite drop in murders in proclaiming city 'safer than ever' - Metro US

Mayor, NYPD cite drop in murders in proclaiming city ‘safer than ever’

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Authorities have released a monthly briefing for June showing that overall crime remained low, but certain categories of crime and areas of the city continued to experience an increase in violence.

Compared to 2015’s year-to-date, there have been 11 fewer murders and 110 fewer shootings in 2016, authorities reported.

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“The numbers we’re presenting today are phenomenal: In the first six months of this year, shootings are down 20 percent while gun arrests are up 20 percent,” Mayor Bill de Blasio stated.

This past June was the safest June for overall crime since modern statistics were kept, authorities added. There were 121 fewer crimes in June of this year than in June 2015.

Despite the encouraging numbers, not all the statistics showed decreased violence as year-to-date slashings and stabbings were up 9 percent, the New York Daily News reported. The Bronx reported the majority of those crimes with 86 percent of knife crimes happening there.

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“Our highly focused investigations have led to the arrest of nearly 500 violent gang members since January,” Police Commissioner William J. Bratton stated. “Additionally, it is my expectation that this level of precision policing, coupled with further advancements in technology, will catapult New York City to even lower levels of crime.”

While the Transit Bureau reported a 3.6 percent decrease in crime for the month of June, the Housing Bureau reported a 1.3 percent increase, authorities stated.

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“Every day, the women and men of the NYPD work to protect our city’s communities — and today, it’s clear New Yorkers are safer than ever,” de Blasio added.

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