Crime in New York

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This article refers to the situation of crime in the state of New York.

In 2012, there were 451,142 crimes reported in New York (state) including 686 murders.[1]

Crime in New York City[edit]

In 2007 New York City had 494 reported homicides, down from 596 homicides in 2006. This marked the first year since 1963 (when crime statistics were starting to be published) that this total was fewer than 500.[2]

In 2008, there were 523 reported murders, a 5.2% rise from the previous year.[3]

In 2012, there were just 419 murders, an 18.6% decline from the previous year.[4]

Starting in 2005, New York City achieved the lowest crime rate among the ten largest cities in the United States.[5] Since 1991, the city has seen a continuous fifteen-year trend of decreasing crime. Neighborhoods that were once considered dangerous are now much safer.[6]

Violent crime in the city has dropped by three quarters in the twelve years ending in 2005 with the murder rate at its lowest then level since 1963 with 539 murders that year, for a murder rate of 6.58 per 100,000 people, compared to 2,245 murders in 1990. In 2009, the low would be displaced. Among the 182 U.S. cities with populations of more than 100,000, New York City ranked 136th in overall crime.[7]


In 2008, New York had 514 State and local law enforcement agencies.[8] Those agencies employed a total of 95,105 staff.[9] Of the total staff, 66,472 were sworn officers (defined as those with general arrest powers).[10]

In 2008, New York had 341 police officers per 100,000 residents.[11]

Capital punishment laws[edit]

Capital punishment is not applied in this state.[12]

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