NEW YORK (AP) — Murders in New York City have dropped to the lowest number in the modern era.
Officials say there were 290 murders in 2017, down from 335 the year before. There were also fewer shootings and fewer overall crimes reported. Arrests are down as well.
The number of murders was the lowest since 1951, when comparable record-keeping began. In 1951, the Brooklyn Dodgers were playing and the subway fare was a dime.
Police say the decline in crime is due in part to focusing more on larger takedowns and less on smaller infractions, and in part to a shift in community policing.
Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's proud of the numbers.
Crime was down in most categories except for rape. There were four more rapes reported in 2017 than 2016.
2017 will go down in history as the safest year #NYC has seen in nearly 7 decades. Still, it will forever be the obligation of #NYPD to fight crime and keep people safe. As long as there are victims, there can be no victory lap. We’re looking forward to the good we can do in 2018 pic.twitter.com/dnz0W3AQGJ— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) January 5, 2018
In 2017 the safest big city in America had its safest year in modern history. The last time the city was this safe was 1951. The last time we had this safe of a city the Dodgers played in Ebbets Field and the subway cost a dime. pic.twitter.com/Gv5d6nVlKo— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 5, 2018