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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 02:57 PM

NYC homicide tally may be lowest in several decades in 2018

Source: Associated Press

NYC homicide tally may be lowest in several decades in 2018

By JIM MUSTIAN
December 31, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City could register the fewest number of homicides in several decades in 2018, as the city continues its long battle against violent crime.

As of Sunday, the city had recorded five fewer killings than the 292 investigated in 2017, according to preliminary police data provided to The Associated Press. That year’s figure was itself the lowest in decades.

The New York Police Department said it also had seen a modest decline in shooting incidents in 2018 and an 8 percent drop in robberies. Figures for other categories of crime were not immediately available.

In the past two years, the city’s homicide rate has plunged to levels that were unthinkable a generation ago, when New York became known as the murder capital of the country and recorded an eye-popping 2,245 homicides in 1990.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/b658df4c890e435ebf824b4481287d92

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Tue Jan 1, 2019, 03:41 PM

1. Columbus, OH just had its 102nd homicide in 2018

https://www.nbc4i.com/news/local-news/police-investigating-city-of-columbus-102nd-homicide/1679783831

Columbus has about 1/10th of the population of NYC meaning that the homicide rate in NYC is less than 1/3rd of that in Columbus. NYC has strict gun laws, Columbus does not!

New Haven, CT had a homicide rate about 60% of the Columbus rate with 10 in 2018 for a population of 139,000 (Columbus, 880,000)

As of one week ago, Chicago reported 561 homicides for 2018 (more than NYC and LA combined) which is high but down by over 100 from the same point in 2017

Birmingham, AL, with a population of 210,000 had 107 homicides in 2018, or a rate 7 times higher than New Haven, 4 times higher than Columbus, and 15 times higher than NYC.

The homicide rate in Birmingham, AL is basically the same as that in Chicago.

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