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May 21, 2019

City eyeing jump in murders, but overall crime down: police

October 3, 2018
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said shootings have dropped across the city in September.

Murders are on the rise in the city, the NYPD revealed on Wednesday.

Overall crime is down by 1%, but the number of homicides jumped by 6%.

As of Sept. 30, NYPD detectives were investigating 228 killings — 13 more than the 215 that were recorded this time last year.

Most of the homicides have occurred in the Bronx, police brass said.

Crime in Manhattan has also increased by about 3% with 662 additional reported this year, according to NYPD stats.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the city had “a very safe summer” that was capped off with a pair of major events — the U.S. Open tennis tournament and the UN General Assembly.

“The NYPD does a tremendous job at safeguarding all the visitors to our great city while balancing the absolute need to relentlessly fight crime and keep New Yorkers safe in every neighborhood,” O’Neill said.

Rape numbers have also increased this year by 28% — from 1,053 last year to 1,348, stats show.

The NYPD has credited the jump in rape reports to their outreach efforts and the #MeToo movement.

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