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NYPD: Murders Down, Rapes And Hate Crimes Up In 2018

January 01, 2019 - 3:08 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – New York City closed out 2018 with the fewest homicides since 1951, making it the safest big city in America.

The preliminary of murders in the city for 2018 is 289, according to police.

Harry Truman was president the last time the city had a murder rate that low.

The year ended with a shooting in Greenwich Village, possibly a drug rip off, and a stabbing in Far Rockaway.

By comparison, in 2017 there were 292 murders, and in 1990 there were more than 2,200.

The drop in murders is part of a 28-year downward trend.

Robberies were also down 8 percent and shootings were down 4 percent in 2018.

On the other hand, reported rapes were up 22 percent, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

“It’s an underreported crime,” O’Neill said last month, adding that the NYPD has been encouraging more victims to come forward.

Hate crimes were also up 5 percent, with more attacks against Jewish and African-American people.