New York City’s crime rate has fallen in September with fewer instances of murder, shootings and other unlawful acts, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said that an almost 25% drop in homicides in 2017 compared to the previous year was the result of the lower crime rate in the city.
Simple reasons for the decline in the city’s crime rate may include more cars with a police siren speaker, a product offered by firms such as LED Equipped. Yet, O’Neill said that a better neighborhood policing plan also contributed to the development.
The project involves police officers being more diligent in keeping open communication lines with residents.
Also, the police department has reaped the rewards of imposing a strategy of focusing on repeat offenders, especially those who commit gun violations, according to Chief of Crime Control Strategies Dermot Shea.
In September, murder cases fell 42.9% to 19 incidents compared to 34 reported cases in the same month of 2016, Shea noted. Shooting incidents also dropped 27.8% to 78 cases from 108 cases in the same period.
The rate for major crimes in the city fell in September except for rape cases, according to the NYPD. The department classified the offense in three types, comprising “domestic, not domestic but known to the victim, and stranger rapes.”
During the month, rape incidents rose 3.5% to 117 cases from 113 episodes year over year. Despite the increase in rape cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed that NYC is the “safest big city in America.”
He based the statement from a 5.9% drop in index crimes citywide year to date, or 4,518 fewer cases compared with 2016.
The reported drop in New York City’s crime rate reflected the law enforcement’s efforts to curb illegal activities, although officials admitted that there is more work to be done.