New York Post

NY’s ’17 murder rate ‘unbelievab­ly’ great


The number of murders in New York City this year is still on track to land below 300 — and the Big Apple has also seen drops in felony assaults, burglaries, robberies and car thefts, according to the NYPD.

There have been 284 homicides in the five boroughs this year through Sunday, compared with 329 for the same period in 2016.

That’s a 13.7 percent decrease, and a far cry from the early ’90s, when the city suffered through more than 2,000 murders a year.

This year’s numbers were a source of pride — and relief — for NYPD brass.

“It’s one thing to talk about these numbers, but these numbers mean a lot, especially for people like me who grew up here,” one police official told The Post.

“I lived here in the ’80s and ’90s when we were scared to walk through your neighborho­od.

“To have this large a drop, and to have a year like this, it’s really unbelievab­le. You really notice the difference, especially when you’ve lived the other side.”

The biggest drop in homicides was seen on Staten Island, where this year’s 12 murders through Sunday represent a 40 percent decrease from the 20 recorded during the same period in 2016.

Brooklyn North — the neighborho­ods north of Flatbush Avenue and Rockaway Parkway — enjoyed a 27.3 percent dip in murders (56 as against 77).

And while The Bronx remains the city’s worst borough for murder, there was still an impressive 29.9 percent dip there (68 as against 97).

Only Manhattan South saw a major murder increase — 20 so far this year, as against 11 last year.

But that statistic includes eight murders in the Halloween rentaltruc­k mow-down terror attack on a lower West Side bike path near the World Trade Center.

The suspect, Uzbekistan native Sayfullo Saipov, 29, has pleaded not guilty and is being held in Manhattan’s Metropolit­an Correction­al Center pending trial.

This year’s murder drop mirrors a reduction in other ma- jor crimes citywide.

Total shootings are on track to come in at under 800 this year, a big drop from 2016.

In the year to date through Sunday, there have been 755 shootings citywide, compared to 971 last year, a 22.2 percent drop.

The stats show drops in rape (1 percent), robbery (10.2 percent), felony assault (7.4 percent), grand larceny (3 percent) and grand larceny auto (11.1 percent).

“Homicides, shootings, overall crimes continue to go down,” Police Commission­er James O’Neill crowed at a press conference.

And only misdemeano­rs show a small increase, with petit larcenies up 3.3 percent and misde- meanor sex crimes up 10.4 percent.

Quality-of-life crimes — including subway turnstile jumping and public urination and drinking — are down 38.4 percent so far this year, although NYPD statistics don’t make clear whether that drop merely reflects a decrease in enforcemen­t.

In October, Mayor de Blasio bragged that cops were handing out fewer criminal summonses for low-level offenses under a new city policy, enacted in June, that lets officers write civil citations instead. Additional reporting by Laura Italiano

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