Murder, which is widely believed to be the most difficult crime statistic to fake, has once again fallen to an all-time low in New York City, with homicides at a 52 year low for Brooklyn, writes Denise Romano for Home Reporter.
Bay Ridge’s 68th Precinct had one murder last year – the high profile slaying of local clothing store owner Mohammed Gebeli.
According to CompStat, the NYPD system for tracking and analyzing crime rates, that means last year the 6-8 saw a 75% reduction in homicides compared to 1993, and a whopping 90% less murders than 1990.
From Home Reporter:
As of the morning of December 28, there were 414 homicides citywide in 2012. The previous record low was 471, in 2009. Murders dropped in 2012 by 19 percent, compared to 2011; they have dropped by 35 percent since Bloomberg took office.
In Brooklyn in particular, there were 149 murders in 2012, “the first time it was under 150 since 1960,” according to the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, who took office in 1990, when the Brooklyn murder rate stood at 780.
“The key to this dramatic drop in murders has been the dedication of our communities and their collaboration with everyone from their religious leaders to city councilmen to local precinct commanders determined to keep their neighborhoods safe,” said Hynes, who noted that, “The exceptional deployment efforts of Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and more than one dozen programs, initiated by my office with the support of other government and non-governmental organizations, demonstrated to the average citizen that we are dedicated to their needs.”
Deputy Inspector James Rooney, commanding officer of Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct, told Romano that 2012′s record-breaking low murder rate was due to “more targeted enforcement in areas that have been problematic. They are getting more resources that we need to prevent crimes from occurring.”
While some U.S. cities, particularly out west and in the South, have seen an increase in aggravated assaults since the economic downturn of 2008, violent crime in general continues to decrease across the country.
The most notable exception to this national trend seems to be Midwestern outliers such as Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and East St. Louis – which have all had to contend with high and/or increasing murder rates in recent years.
Economists Steven Levitt and John Donahue created controversy in 2001 when they hypothesized that falling crime stats were influenced by the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S.