NYPD: Murders, shootings down from last year, rapes increase

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Dave Evans has the story.

The NYPD announced new crime stats Monday reporting yet another overall decrease in crime.

Authorities reported four fewer murders, or a 20 percent reduction, along with 17 fewer shootings (26.1 percent decrease) and 656 fewer index crimes (7.7 percent) in November 2017 compared with November 2016. Year-to-date, these reductions contributed to the 5,141 fewer overall citywide index crimes, or 5.5 percent, compared with 2016.

"This month of November just passed was the safest November in recorded history in this city," Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Here's the bottom line. If these trends continue through this month, the people of this city will have had the safest year on record in over half a century."

It wasn't all good news, though. There were 111 rapes reported in November 2017, compared with 96 in November 2016. This is an increase of 15 crimes, or 15.6 percent. There was also an increase in crimes reported to the Transit Bureau. Officials say 232 crimes were reported in November 2017, compared with 216 in November 2016. This is an increase of 20 crimes, or 9.4 percent.

"It looks like more, 30 more, people have come forward from last year," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said. "That's good news. And we hope they find resolution. There's nothing worse that could happen to you."

Other statistics:
--1,172 robberies reported in November 2017, compared with 1,289 in November 2016. This is a reduction of 117 crimes, or 9.1 percent.
--1,407 felonious assaults reported in November 2017, compared with 1,611 in November 2016. This is a reduction of 204 crimes, or 12.7 percent.
--1,016 burglaries reported in November 2017, compared with 1,091 in November 2016. This is a reduction of 75 crimes, or 6.9 percent.
--3,617 grand larcenies reported in November 2017, compared with 3,824 in November 2016. This is a reduction of 207 crimes, or 5.4 percent.
--480 grand larceny autos reported in November 2017, compared with 543 in November 2016. This is a reduction of 63 crimes, or 11.6 percent.
--376 crimes reported in the Housing Bureau in November 2017, compared with 442 in November 2016. This is a reduction of 66 crimes, or 14.6 percent.

"I get asked all the time, especially by you guys, how far can we push crime down?" NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said. "And I think working with everybody in this city and working with all our partners, we can keep pushing those numbers down."

As of December 1, there were 259 murders. Last year, there were 313.

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