Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Crime Drops to Record Lows in NYC
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
With just a few days to go, 2009 is on pace to be New York City's safest - at least since 1962 when the city started keeping reliable records.
Overall, crime has dropped 11 percent from last year. Mayor Bloomberg says since 2002 the number of rapes is down 38 percent and robbery is down 34 percent.
The city's also set to have the lowest number of murders ever. As of yesterday, there were 461 murders in the city this year. The previous low was 496 in 2007.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg hailed the new numbers at an induction ceremony for new police recruits on Monday.
"Before 2002, the city hadn't recorded fewer than 600 murders a year since the early 1960s when they started keeping murders in the current basis. And now, we'll have done that 8 years in a row," the mayor said.
While serious crime remains low, misdemeanor charges in New York City rose 7 percent in 2009. Lesser violations were up 18 percent.