New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday that crime records decreased by record amounts in 2009, making it the nineteenth straight year in which major felony crime has declined.
New figures released Monday show crime in the Big Apple is down 11 percent from last year and 35 percent since 2001. Murders are down 11 percent.
“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,” said Mayor Bloomberg at a press conference. “Commissioner Kelly and the extraordinary men and women of the NYPD deserve the credit and our thanks.”
The previous record low was in 2007. Prior to 2002, the City hadn’t recorded fewer than 600 murders in a year since the early 1960s.
“Persistence and professionalism were the watch words of the NYPD in 2009, and they paid off with record crime reduction,” said Commissioner Kelly.
Despite the decreased number of illegal activity, police say felony assault is up by two perfect.
FBI crime figures for the first half of 2009 reportedly show crime falling across the county. Murder and manslaughter fell 10 percent for the first half of the year.