New York City celebrates day without violent crime

 
Police officers in New York on 2 November 2012 Monday was not an especially busy day for New York City's police officers

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For the first time in living memory, New York has spent a day entirely without violent crime.

The city police department's chief spokesman said that Monday was the most bloodshed-free 24-hour period in recent history.

Not a single murder, shooting, stabbing or other incident of violent crime was reported for a whole day.

Despite a July spike in homicides, the city's murder rate is on target to hit its lowest point since 1960.

Just a few months ago, residents were living through what one tabloid newspaper called the "summer of blood".

Aggressive prevention tactics

Despite the fall in homicides, statistics point to a 3% overall rise in crime.

A New York detective recounts his days running the anti-pickpocket unit

There has also been a 9% increase in larceny, which police blame on a surge in smartphone thefts.

But killings are now down 23% compared with last year, which represents a 50-year low.

There have been 366 murders so far this year in New York City, compared with 472 at this time last year.

Experts say such a low number of homicides is highly unusual for a US city of eight million people.

Gang-plagued Chicago, Illinois, has chalked up 462 murders this year, despite having a population of about 2.7 million people.

There have been 301 murders in 2012 in the city of Philadelphia, which has 1.5 million people.

Some experts are praising the New York police department's aggressive crime-prevention tactics, notably the so-called Stop And Frisk policy, which has rooted out dozens of illegal guns.

But critics argue that it has led to hundreds of thousands of young blacks and Latinos being stopped without cause.

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    Comment number 313.

    Wow, today's NYC is totally unrecognisable from the 80's and early 90's NYC that I visited. It's probably now safer than my native London. I suppose most of the credit should go to Mayor Guiliani

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    Comment number 56.

    I think it's very sad that a day of no violent crime is so rare that it makes international news. Although, well done New York for making international news for something positive.

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    Comment number 4.

    On face value this looks good and having spent time in NYC off Times Square in the 1980s I certainly remember how it was. However NYC has been turned into a Disneyland for tourists and shoppers and does not represent reality, much crime and associated problems has simple been pushed elsewhere. The USA still has a huge crime problem and serious social problems. One swallow does not make a summer !

 
 

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