Here’s some good news.
New York City has gone an entire week without murder, from October 7 through Sunday, according to the mayor’s office. The NYPD reported no homicides during those seven days in the same city that was once known for an average of six murders a day.
But this isn’t the first time NYC has garnered attention for a murder-less week. Back in January (during a freezing cold spell), the city went nine days without a murder. And in October, the city witnessed six days with zero homicides due to the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.
And here’s some more positivity. The murder rate is also on pace to reach a record low this year and the percentage of murders with firearms is also dropping.
According to the Mayor’s office:
Through Sunday, October 13th, New York City has seen 90 fewer murders than at this point last year: 256 murders in 2013 compared to 346 murders in 2012 – a decrease of 26.0 percent.
Murders committed with firearms represent 148 of the 256 murders in 2013, 57.8 percent.
Through Sunday, October 13th, the number of murders committed with firearms is down by 60 from last year: 148 in 2013 compared to 208 in 2012 – a decrease of 28.8 percent.
And here’s some numbers to put things into perspective:
There were 419 total murders in New York City in 2012–the lowest level in over 50 years, and about an 18 percent drop from 2011, when there were 515 murders.
For perspective: In 1990, 2,245 people were murdered in New York City.
Well damn. Can you say progress?
SOURCE: Huffington Post | PHOTO SOURCE: Getty