New York record low murder rate in a “city of 8 million people”: 366 (to date)
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Despite the fall in homicides, statistics point to a 3% overall rise in crime.
There has also been a 9% increase in larceny, which police blame on a surge in smartphone thefts.
But killings are now down 23% compared with last year, which represents a 50-year low.
There have been 366 murders so far this year in New York City, compared with 472 at this time last year.
Experts say such a low number of homicides is highly unusual for a US city of eight million people.
By comparison: London (8 million people) murder rates per last few years: 168, 162, 156, 148, 136 (latter: 2009/10)
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