NY Data Show Murders Down as Crime Goes Up

ALBANY (AP) -

New York’s violent crimes increased 2.3 percent statewide to more than 79,000 last year despite a steep drop in New York City murders.

State data on serious property and violent crimes still show an overall 13 percent decade-long decline to about 450,000 last year. That reflects fewer crimes in all categories, led by a 62 percent drop in stolen vehicles.

“There’s all kinds of things you could point to and say maybe they make a difference, but I think it’s hard with any certainty to say,” Michael Green, ex-prosecutor and state Division of Criminal Justice Services executive deputy commissioner, said of the plummeting homicide rate. They arguably include police anti-gang strategies, the city database for tracking guns and programs providing alternatives to jail, he said.

While New York City’s murders declined almost 19 percent to 419 in 2012, the fewest recorded in decades, aggravated assaults and robberies all rose slightly to nearly 53,000 violent crimes, up 3.5 percent from 2011, and about two-thirds of the statewide total.