NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Crime in New York City has continued to decline through the first few weeks of 2017, officials announced Monday.
In their monthly crime briefing, Police Commissioner James O’Neill and Mayor Bill de Blasio said several crime categories posted historic lows for the month of January, including murder and shooting incidents.READ MORE: #TogetherInPride: Community Fighting To Make Sure LGBTQ+ Bars Survive COVID Pandemic
“It’s been a good start to 2017,” O’Neill said. “Citywide, we’re down again in many of the major crime categories.”READ MORE: NYPD: Suspects Demand Cash, Grab Jewish Man's Yarmulke In Brooklyn Robbery
De Blasio said the hard work of the NYPD “is paying off.”
“January of 2017 had the lowest number of homicides and the lowest number of shootings in the modern era of New York City,” the mayor said.
According to the latest NYPD statistics, there were 20 murders last month, compared to 22 in January of 2016. There was also a 7.5 percent reduction in the number of robberies and a slight drop in the number of crimes overall.MORE NEWS: New York Weather: CBS2’s 6/12 Saturday Morning Forecast
But the numbers weren’t all positive. The NYPD also says there were nine more rapes in January than there were in 2016, an increase of 8.9 percent.