2018 NYC Murder Rate is the Lowest in Several Decades but Media & Government Continue to Promote Fear to Manufacture a Need for More Cops, Surveillance & $5 Billion NYPD Budget


FEAR CITY: Comply or Go to Jail. From [AP] New York City could register the fewest number of homicides in several decades in 2018, as the city continues its long battle against violent crime.

As of Sunday, the city had recorded five fewer killings than the 292 investigated in 2017, according to preliminary police data provided to The Associated Press. That year’s figure was itself the lowest in decades.

The New York Police Department said it also had seen a modest decline in shooting incidents in 2018 and an 8 percent drop in robberies. Figures for other categories of crime were not immediately available.

In the past two years, the city’s homicide rate has plunged to levels that were unthinkable a generation ago, when New York became known as the murder capital of the country and recorded an eye-popping 2,245 homicides in 1990.

The city has recorded fewer homicides in 2018 than Philadelphia, a city with a fraction of New York’s population where police had investigated 351 killings through Sunday.

This year’s statistics include the lowest number of homicides in Brooklyn since record keeping began. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said last week that trend has coincided with efforts by local authorities to reduce incarceration and to increase diversion for nonviolent offenders.

Prosecutors in Brooklyn said the most significant declines were seen in Coney Island, where not a single killing occurred in 2018, compared to eight slayings in 2017. The tally also plummeted in the 75th Precinct, in East New York, an area once considered among the nation’s most violent places.

There were six killings in that precinct in 2018, Gonzalez said, compared to 126 in 1993.

With Crime Low , Why the Fuck Are Cops & Cameras Everywhere? The New York Police Department's (NYPD or the Department) Fiscal 2018 Executive Budget totals $5.6 billion, which is $417.2 million, or 8.1 percent, more than the Department's Fiscal 2017 Adopted Budget of $5.2 billion. [MORE]

“Our city is on track to yet again be the safest big city in America thanks to the work our NYPD officers and community leaders are doing block by block across our five boroughs,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement to the AP. “Neighborhood policing in New York City has defied the naysayers to become the model for 21st century American law enforcement.”

All Thanks to Government. MORE GOVERNMENT MORE COPS MORE DRONES MORE SURVEILLANCE = FACISM. Criminal justice experts attributed the city’s progress to several factors, including its massive police force of 36,000 officers, and a practice known as precision policing in which the authorities focus resources on the most likely offenders.

Compared to other countries’ military manpower the NYPD ranks No. 65 in sheer manpower. There are 133 “recognized countries” in the world, for perspective. The NYPD staffs roughly 55,000 employees. Roughly 72% of that is uniformed officers. [MORE]

“The conventional wisdom was that you couldn’t do anything about crime except maybe reduce it for a while in some areas,” said Tom Repetto, the author of several books on policing in New York. “That has been disproved, and it is amazing that the rate is so low in a city of this size and composition.”

Repetto said he believes the number of killings in New York is approaching what he calls an “irreducible minimum,” suggesting it could be implausible for the number of killings in a city of 8.6 million residents to fall any further. [how incredibly stupid]

These desperate theories to explain the low crime & murder rate sound like the debunked claims about Stop & Frisk being the cause. The NYPD often sought to justify the large number of stops on the grounds that the stop-and-frisk program was critically important to recovering guns and thus reducing shootings and murders. Yet the NYPD's own data contradicted this argument. [MORE]

Less Crime Means We Need More Cops. How Much For the Bridge Sir? Richard Aborn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, credited the NYPD’s “unrelenting” focus on removing illegal guns from the streets, including the prosecution of some weapons charges in federal court. He also pointed to neighborhood policing efforts and re-entry initiatives aimed at rehabilitating prisoners returning to the community.

“I think the broader story is that the city has understood that the fight against violent crime doesn’t reside solely with the police,” Aborn said. “It’s not because the air is better in New York. It’s because of things the city has done, and it’s making a huge difference.”