Bloomberg releases weekly murder statistics to highlight drop in city crime

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(PIX11) – The Bloomberg administration has begun releasing weekly updates on murders and shootings in the city.

The move is in an effort to highlight the continued decrease in violent crime since last year’s record low.

According to the mayor’s office, the 213 murders as of August 26th represented a 26.6% drop from the same time last year.

Out of all this year’s murders, 58% were committed using a firearm.