As of Sunday, there were 94 fewer homicides this year than last. This marks a 18.5% drop over last year. In 2011 there 515 murders which was a 20.6% decline since May Bloomberg took office in January of 2002.
The number of shooting incidents is also down this year by 8.5% and the number of shooting victims is down 10.2%.
However, overall crime rate is up 3%. Why? An increase in the theft of Apple devices.
Overall crime in the five boroughs is up 3% so far this year, driven by the thefts of Apple products, Paul Browne, the department's top spokesman, confirmed. If Apple thefts had remained the same, "we would be experiencing a slight decline in crime citywide," Mr. Browne said.