New York City has broken an important record: For possibly only the second time in recorded history, the city went a full 24 hours without a single shooting, stabbing or slashing, according to the Daily News.
Thursday, Nov. 7 was the second time in less than a year that there was no bloodshed in the city. The last time that happened was Nov. 26, 2012.
“In the last month, we have seen the NYPD do the following: prevent a single homicide from occurring for an entire week — a first in New York City; catch the killer in a 22-year-old murder; and now pull off the feat of no murders, no shootings and no stabbings for an entire day in a city of 8.4 million,” a spokesperson for Mayor Bloomberg told the News. “The examples of why we have the finest police department in the world just keep coming.”
So far for 2013, 283 people have been murdered, down 22% from last year. Although shootings are also down 22%, an average of 3.6 people are shot daily in the city.
The murder rate in the city is approaching its lowest numbers since the 50s.
Crime became a heated topic during the mayoral race, with candidate Joe Lhota saying eventual winner Bill de Blasio is “soft on crime” and that if he is elected, the city would go back to the high crime rates of 80s and early 90s.AlertMe