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Fewest Annual Murders and Shooting Incidents Ever Recorded in the Modern Era

January 5, 2018

Lowest per-capita murder rate since 1951.

With the close of 2017, New York City marks three new crime reduction benchmarks: the first time the total number of index crimes has fallen below 100,000; the first time the number of shooting incidents has fallen below 800; and the first time the total number of murders has fallen below 300. This reduction in murders has resulted in the lowest per-capita murder rate in nearly 70 years. Additionally, several other index crime categories have achieved historic reductions, including: robbery, burglary, and grand larceny auto.

For 2017, there were 96,517 crimes reported, compared with 102,052 in 2016. This is a reduction of 5,535 crimes, or -5.4%. There were 290 murders reported, compared with 335 in 2016. This is a reduction of 45 crimes, or -13.4%. There were 1,446 rapes reported, compared with 1,442 in 2016. This is an increase of 4 crimes, or +0.3%. There were 13,950 robberies reported, compared with 15,528 in 2016. This is a reduction of 1,578 crimes, or -10.2%. There were 20, 013 felonious assaults reported, compared with 20,917 in 2016. This is a reduction of 904 crimes, or -4.3%. There were 12,048 burglaries reported, compared with 13,035 in 2016. This is a reduction of 987 crimes, or -7.6%. There were 43,082 grand larcenies reported, compared with 44,484 in 2016. This is a reduction of 1,402 crimes, -3.2%. There were 5,688 grand larceny autos reported, compared with 6,311 in 2016. This is a reduction of 623 crimes, or -9.9%. There were 789 shooting incidents reported, compared with 997 in 2016. This is a reduction of 208 shootings, or -20.9%.

"Crime in New York City has reached a new low," said Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill. "The murder rate hasn’t been lower since the Korean War. As we celebrate this New York miracle, we continue deepening relationships with the public, emphasizing the shared responsibility we have to our safety. I am confident we can do more. And we will. It is an honor to lead this organization and be a part of the change we are seeing across the nation's safest city."

"Last year was the safest year in modern New York City history. To see crime levels as low as we have today, you'd have to go back to 1951, when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn and a slice was 15 cents," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "I want to thank Police Commissioner O'Neill and the entire NYPD for continuing to raise the bar and remaining steadfast in their commitment to keeping our city safe. I want New Yorkers to know, this is just the beginning. As our neighborhood policing vision deepens and residents work with police officers in common cause, the flow of information will stop crimes before they happen and we will continue to build trust between communities and law enforcement. This department never rests on its laurels and America's safest big city will get even safer."

There were 2,441 crimes reported in the Transit Bureau in 2017, compared with 2,429 in 2016. This is an increase of 12 crimes, or +0.5%. There were 4,844 crimes reported in the Housing Bureau in 2017, compared with 5,238 crimes in 2016. This is a decrease of 394 crimes, or -7.5%

Historical NYC Uniform Crime Report Murder Count

Year Count Rate Per 100K NYC Total Population
1939 291 33.9 7,454,995
1940 275 3.6 7,454,995
1941 268 3.5 7,454,995
1942 265 3.5 7,454,995
1943 201 2.6 7,454,995
1944 288 3.0 7,454,995
1945 292 3.9 7,454,995
1946 346 4.3 7,891,957
1947 333 4.2 7,891,957
1948 315 3.9 7,891,957
1949 301 3.8 7,891,957
1950 294 3.7 7,891,957
1951 243 3.0 7,891,957
1952 309 3.9 7,891,957
1953 350 4.4 7,891,957
1954 342 4.3 7,891,957
1955 306 3.8 7,891,957
1956 315 4.0 7,781,984
1957 314 4.0 7,781,984
1958 354 4.5 7,781,984
1959 390 4.6 7,781,984
1960 390 4.6 7,781,984
1961 483 6.2 7,781,984
1962 507 6.5 7,781,984
1963 548 7.0 7,781,984
1964 636 8.1 7,781,984
1965 634 8.1 7,781,984
1966 654 8.2 7,894,862
1967 746 9.4 7,894,862
1968 986 12.4 7,894,862
1969 1,043 13.2 7,894,862
1970 1,117 14.1 7,894,862
1971 1,466 18.5 7,894,862
1972 1,691 21.4 7,894,862
1973 1,680 21.2 7,894,862
1974 1,554 19.6 7,894,862
1975 1,622 20.8 7,894,862
1976 1,622 22.9 7,071,639
1977 1,557 22.0 7,071,639
1978 1,504 21.2 7,071,639
1979 1,733 24.5 7,071,639
1980 1,814 25.6 7,071,639
1981 1,826 25.8 7,071,639
1982 1,668 23.5 7,071,639
1983 1,622 22.9 7,071,639
1984 1,450 20.5 7,071,639
1985 1,384 19.5 7,071,639
1986 1,582 21.5 7,332,564
1987 1,672 22.8 7,332,564
1988 1,896 25.8 7,332,564
1989 1,905 25.9 7,332,564
1990 2,245 30.6 7,332,564
1991 2,145 29.3 7,332,564
1992 1,995 27.2 7,332,564
1993 1,946 26.5 7,332,564
1994 1,561 21.2 7,332,564
1995 1,177 16.0 7,332,564
1996 983 12.2 8,008,278
1997 770 9.6 8,008,278
1998 633 7.9 8,008,278
1999 671 8.3 8,008,278
2000 673 8.4 8,008,278
2001 649 8.1 8,008,278
2002 587 7.3 8,008,278
2003 597 7.4 8,008,278
2004 570 7.1 8,008,278
2005 539 6.7 8,008,278
2006 596 7.2 8,175,133
2007 496 6.0 8,175,133
2008 523 6.3 8,175,133
2009 471 5.7 8,175,133
2010 536 6.5 8,175,133
2011 515 6.2 8,175,133
2012 419 5.1 8,175,133
2013 335 4.0 8,175,133
2014 333 4.0 8,175,133
2015 352 4.3 8,175,133
2016 335 3.9 8,537,673
2017 290 3.3 8,537,673

Note: All crime statistics are preliminary and subject to further analysis, revisions, or change.

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