Crime is falling even faster than the leaves this fall, NYPD officials said Tuesday.
Last month, the NYPD saw a record drop in murders and shootings, as compared to September of last year.
The massive reduction in violence has left the city with nearly 25% fewer homicides this year than a year ago — a staggering statistic, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said.
“While we have achieved significant reductions so far this year, what is more meaningful is the manner in which we are doing it,” said O’Neill, crediting his new and improved neighborhood policing plan, where cops take a more proactive approach in communicating with residents.
“Neighborhood policing is allowing us to count the residents of our local precincts among our strongest partners, fostering trust and making our city safer on every block.”
Chief of Crime Control Strategies Dermot Shea said strategies put in place to focus on repeat offenders — particularly repeat gun offenders — are “providing some dividends.”
“We still have work to do, but our early rewards here are very promising,” Shea said.
Speaking at the NYPD’s Public Service Area 4 headquarters in the Lower East Side, Shea said there were 15 fewer murders in September than a year ago, down to 19 last month from 34 in September 2016. There were also 30 fewer shooting incidents, with 78 last month, down from 108 in September, 2016.
“That’s 30 fewer victims shot this September than last,” Shea said. “In 13 of the 30 days this past September we did not record a single homicide.”
There were also 458 fewer felony crimes investigated, cops said. Transit crimes also dropped by 11% last month when compared to September of last year.
“The safest big city in America just beat its own record with the safest September in the modern era,” Mayor de Blasio said.
Still, the NYPD did see reported rape numbers increase last month — climbing to 117, compared to 113 last September.
Cops did see reductions in robberies, burglaries and grand larcenies.
As of Sunday, cops were investigating 203 homicides — 67 fewer than the 270 recorded this time last year. That’s a drop of nearly 25%.
Shootings have also fallen 23% to 602, compared to 786 from this time last year.
“This is just the beginning. As the efforts we’ve put in place deepen, we will continue to see crime fall across this city,” de Blasio said.
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