Mayor de Blasio Says City Had Safest Three Months Since 1994

NEW YORK -
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

Major crime figures plunged about 5 percent in New York City in the just-ended first quarter of 2017, making it the safest first three months of the year since modern record keeping began nearly 25 years ago.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday said that there were seven fewer murders since Jan. 1 compared to last year, a drop of 10 percent, with 61 slayings this year, as well as 42 fewer shootings, a 22 percent improvement. Increases came in subway crimes (26 percent) and auto thefts (.5 percent).

“New York City continues to experience historic reductions in crime, as seen in the first quarter of 2017,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement.

Hamodia is scheduled to discuss these crime figures with O’Neill later this week for a broader interview that will appear after Yom Tov.

Compstat, introduced in 1994, uses software to rapidly analyze crime statistics and trends. Police use it to target high risk areas. In recent years, police have focused on the relatively few neighborhoods and criminal gangs which drive the majority of crime in the city.