The number of major crimes in New York fell 5.4% in 2017 to 96,517 cases from 102,052 incidents in 2016, according to the city police.
New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill said this represented a new record low for the state, particularly for murder cases that dropped to the lowest number “since the Korean War.”
Aside from the murder rate, the number of other index crimes such as gun violence, robberies, burglaries, and auto theft also dropped in the past 12 months. There could be several reasons behind the increase, from using police cars with siren speakers, such as those from stores likes LED Equipped, to a stronger partnership with community watch groups.
Still, the NYPD considers rape cases to be a persistent problem. The number of crimes in this category rose 0.3% in 2017 to 1,446 cases, up from 1,442 in the prior year. Crimes committed in the subway also increased slightly as well, according to the NYPD.
NYPD officers also used their guns less frequently last year with only 23 recorded incidents, according to Inspector Kevin Maloney. So far, this decline marked the lowest number that police had to use guns to fight crime. The police-involved shootings related to 32 police officers, who had a hit ratio of 44% based on 170 shots and 75 successful attempts.
The record low number of fired guns by police officers stemmed from their increased use of stun guns. The NYPD said officers used the devices more than 2,300 times by the end of November, up 39% from 1,710 times in 2016.
A smaller crime rate means that police did their job quite well with the help of the public. However, a record low number of crimes simply means that law enforcers should be encouraged to maintain or even reduce it further.