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Citywide Overall Crime Continues to Decline in November 2018

December 4, 2018

This November, New York City experienced fewer index crimes than in any previous November during the modern Compstat era, as overall crime since January continues to fall to historic lows compared to the same time in 2017. New York City achieved a reduction of 402 index crimes or -5.0% during November 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. Murders fell -25%, while burglaries fell -15.8%, and robberies fell -11.8%. Overall crime in 2018 is still currently projected to drop beneath what would become a new record-setting low of 97,000 total index crimes by the year's end.

"In our ongoing mission to further reduce crime and keep all New Yorkers safe, the NYPD's highly-effective, targeted approach toward the real drivers of violence and disorder continues to yield positive results. Increasingly, our efforts are supported by the full and willing partnership of our communities — which not only makes our city safer, it makes the people we serve feel safer too," said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill."

"In 2014, my administration took a new approach to policing that brings officers and community together to heal historic wounds. And, month after month of record new lows proves that neighborhood policing coupled with targeted enforcement is a winning formula," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "We will never stop working to make New York City safer and fairer for all."

Key highlights from this month's crime statistics include:

  • Lowest November on record for index crimes. Four-hundred-and-two fewer in November 2018 compared to November 2017.
  • Year-to-date, overall index crimes are down -1.5% from 2017.
  • Robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies, and grand larceny autos continue to be down year-to-date.
  • Lowest number of homicides (15) ever in a November.
  • First November ever with burglaries under 1,000.
  • Year-to-date, shootings are down -3.3% from 2017.

Statistics on Index Crimes 2017-2018

  Nov. 2018 Nov. 2017 Change +/-% Year-to-Date 2018 Year-to-Date 2017 Change +/-%
Murder 15 20 -5 -25.0% 266 264 +2 +0.8%
Rape 141 125 +16 +12.8% 1,659 1,332 +327 +24.5%
Robbery 1,057 1,199 -142 -11.8% 11,821 12,749 -928 -7.3%
Felony
Assault
1,472 1,481 -9 -0.6% 18,477 18,633 -156 -0.8%
Burglary 895 1,063 -168 -15.8% 10,643 11,115 -472 -4.2%
Grand
Larceny
3,665 3,733 -68 -1.8% 39,608 39,609 -1 0.0%
G.L.A. 447 473 -26 -5.5% 5,060 5,206 -146 -2.8%
TOTAL 7,692 8,094 -402 -5.0% 87,534 88,908 -1,374 -1.5%

Additional Statistics on Crimes 2017-2018

  Nov. 2018 Nov. 2017 Change +/-% Year-to-Date 2018 Year-to-Date 2017 Change +/-%
Transit 257 242 +15 +6.2% 2,292 2,257 +35 +1.6%
Housing 364 401 -37 -9.25% 4,237 4,489 -252 -5.6%

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