New York City was on track for another year with the fewest murders and shootings in recorded history.
According to the FBI’s statistics, there were 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, compared with 419 murders in New York last year, which was a record low.
Even the NYPD was surprised upon learning that the murder rate has dropped 25 percent for the first half of 2013 – coming off a record low last year.
On the eve of his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a new ban in store, as well as a parking proposal that might drive some New Yorkers crazy.
With just five days left in 2012, there would need to be a major spike in murders to top the record low of 471 murders set in 2009.
In all, violent crime went down by four percent from 28,281 reported incidents to 27,108. It marked the eighth consecutive year that the crime rate decreased.
The city’s murder rate is on pace for a double-digit increase this year, but New York Police Department officials said, when put in context, it was not alarming.