Wednesday, December 2, 2015

New York City's homicide rate inched up

It's being reported this morning that - if the current trend continues - New York City's homicide rate will be up 5 percent by the end of the year. But there's no reason to panic - at least not yet.

This follows a 2014 that boasted a record low number of murders.  

There's fewer than one murder a day in a city where they used to count 2,000 a year. And it's still statistically safer here than in most big cities. 

Still, any uptick in homicides is disquieting. Many people already fear a perceived increase in quality of life violations and complain about a decrease in the city's attention to its homeless.  This news is certain to spark angst in many who perceive that the city is starting to slide toward its bad old days.

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