Fewest Annual Murders And Shooting Incidents Ever Recorded In The Modern Era From Harlem To Hollis

With the close of 2017, New York City marks three new crime reduction benchmarks: the first time the total number of index crimes has fallen below 100,000; the first time the number of shooting incidents has fallen below 800; and the first time the total number of murders has fallen below 300.This reduction in murders has resulted in the lowest per-capita murder rate in nearly 70 years. Additionally, several other index crime categories have achieved historic reductions, including: robbery, burglary, and grand larceny auto. 

For 2017, there were 96,517 crimes reported, compared with 102,052 in 2016. This is a reduction of 5,535 crimes, or -5.4%. There were 290 murders reported, compared with 335 in 2016. This is a reduction of 45 crimes, or -13.4%.  There were 1,446 rapes reported, compared with 1,442 in 2016. This is an increase of 4 crimes, or +0.3%.   There were 13,950 robberies reported, compared with 15,528 in 2016. This is a reduction of 1,578 crimes, or -10.2%. There were 20, 013 felonious assaults reported, compared with 20,917 in 2016. This is a reduction of 904 crimes, or -4.3%. There were 12,048 burglaries reported, compared with 13,035 in 2016. This is a reduction of 987 crimes, or -7.6%. There were 43,082 grand larcenies reported, compared with 44,484 in 2016. This is a reduction of 1,402 crimes, -3.2%. There were 5,688 grand larceny autos reported, compared with 6,311 in 2016. This is a reduction of 623 crimes, or -9.9%. There were 789 shooting incidents reported, compared with 997 in 2016. This is a reduction of 208 shootings, or -20.9%.

“Crime in New York City has reached a new low,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “The murder rate hasn’t been lower since the Korean War. As we celebrate this New York miracle, we continue deepening relationships with the public, emphasizing the shared responsibility we have to our safety. I am confident we can do more. And we will. It is an honor to lead this organization and be a part of the change we are seeing across the nation’s safest city.”

“Last year was the safest year in modern New York City history. To see crime levels as low as we have today, you’d have to go back to 1951, when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn and a slice was 15 cents. I want to thank Police Commissioner O’Neill and the entire NYPD for continuing to raise the bar and remaining steadfast in their commitment to keeping our city safe,” said Mayor de Blasio. “I want New Yorkers to know, this is just the beginning. As our neighborhood policing vision deepens and residents work with police officers in common cause, the flow of information will stop crimes before they happen and we will continue to build trust between communities and law enforcement. This department never rests on its laurels and America’s safest big city will get even safer.”

There were 2,441 crimes reported in the Transit Bureau in 2017, compared with 2,429 in 2016. This is an increase of 12 crimes, or +0.5%. There were 4,844 crimes reported in the Housing Bureau in 2017, compared with 5,238 crimes in 2016. This is a decrease of 394 crimes, or -7.5%

Historical NYC Uniform Crime Report Murder Count

Year  Count Rate Per 100K       NYC Total Population

1939    291        3.9                               7,454,995

1940    275        3.6                               7,454,995

1941    268        3.5                               7,454,995

1942    265        3.5                               7,454,995

1943    201        2.6                               7,454,995

1944    228        3.0                               7,454,995

1945    292        3.9                               7,454,995

1946    346        4.3                               7,891,957

1947    333        4.2                               7,891,957

1948    315        3.9                               7,891,957

1949    301        3.8                               7,891,957

1950    294        3.7                               7,891,957

1951    243        3.0                               7,891,957

1952    309        3.9                               7,891,957

1953    350        4.4                               7,891,957

1954    342        4.3                               7,891,957

1955    306        3.8                               7,891,957

1956    315        4.0                               7,781,984

1957    314        4.0                               7,781,984

1958    354        4.5                               7,781,984

1959    390        4.6                               7,781,984

1960    390        4.6                               7,781,984

1961    483        6.2                               7,781,984

1962    507        6.5                               7,781,984

1963    548        7.0                               7,781,984

1964    636        8.1                               7,781,984

1965    634        8.1                               7,781,984

1966    654        8.2                               7,894,862

1967    746        9.4                               7,894,862

1968    986        12.4                             7,894,862

1969    1,043    13.2                             7,894,862

1970    1,117    14.1                             7,894,862

1971    1,466    18.5                             7,894,862

1972    1,691    21.4                             7,894,862

1973    1,680    21.2                             7,894,862

1974    1,554    19.6                             7,894,862

1975    1,645    20.8                             7,894,862

1976    1,622    22.9                             7,071,639

1977    1,557    22.0                             7,071,639

1978    1,504    21.2                             7,071,639

1979    1,733    24.5                             7,071,639

1980    1,814    25.6                             7,071,639

1981    1,826    25.8                             7,071,639

1982    1,668    23.5                             7,071,639

1983    1,622    22.9                             7,071,639

1984    1,450    20.5                             7,071,639

1985    1,384    19.5                             7,071,639

1986    1,582    21.5                             7,332,564

1987    1,672    22.8                             7,332,564

1988    1,896    25.8                             7,332,564

1989    1,905    25.9                             7,332,564

1990    2,245    30.6                             7,332,564

1991    2,154    29.3                             7,332,564

1992    1,995    27.2                             7,332,564

1993    1,946    26.5                             7,332,564

1994    1,561    21.2                             7,332,564

1995    1,177    16.0                             7,332,564

1996    983       12.2                             8,008,278

1997    770       9.6                               8,008,278

1998    633       7.9                               8,008,278

1999    671       8.3                               8,008,278

2000    673       8.4                               8,008,278

2001    649       8.1                               8,008,278

2002    587       7.3                               8,008,278

2003    597       7.4                               8,008,278

2004    570       7.1                               8,008,278

2005    539       6.7                               8,008,278

2006    596       7.2                               8,175,133

2007    496       6.0                               8,175,133

2008    523       6.3                               8,175,133

2009    471       5.7                               8,175,133

2010    536       6.5                               8,175,133

2011    515       6.2                               8,175,133

2012    419       5.1                               8,175,133

2013    335       4.0                               8,175,133

2014    333       4.0                               8,175,133

2015    352       4.3                               8,175,133

2016    335       3.9                               8,537,673

2017    290       3.3                               8,537,673

To drill down further for Harlem and uptown statistics click HERE.

Note: All crime statistics are preliminary and subject to further analysis, revisions, or change. 

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