New York City murders, shootings hit record low in 2012

The bite taken out of the Big Apple’s crime rate got even bigger in 2012.

New York City set a new record in the year just ending for the lowest number of both murders and shootings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced Friday.

There have been 414 homicides so far in 2012, with three days to go. That’s down 19 percent compared to last year. The record low had been set in 2009, when there were  471 murders.

So far, shooting are down 8.5 percent to a record low of 1,353  — the earlier record low was 1,420, also set  in 2009.

“The fact that the safest big city in America is safer than ever is a testament to the hard work and determination of the men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day – and it also reflects our commitment to doing everything possible to stop gun violence,” Bloomberg said in a statement.

More on this story later on PIX11.com and on the PIX11 News at 5, which you can watch here

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Homicide Data Since 1963

Year

Murders

Year

Murders

1963

548

1988

1896

1964

636

1989

1905

1965

634

1990

2245

1966

654

1991

2154

1967

746

1992

1995

1968

986

1993

1946

1969

1043

1994

1561

1970

1117

1995

1177

1971

1466

1996

983

1972

1691

1997

770

1973

1680

1998

633

1974

1554

1999

671

1975

1645

2000

673

1976

1622

2001

649

1977

1557

2002

587

1978

1504

2003

597

1979

1733

2004

570

1980

1814

2005

539

1981

1826

2006

596

1982

1668

2007

496

1983

1622

2008

523

1984

1450

2009

471

1985

1384

2010

536

1986

1582

2011

515

1987

1672

*2012

414

*Year to Date Through December 27, 2012.



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