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Below is a comparison of the changes in homicide numbers by precinct in New York City – Comparing 1990 to 2008.

1990 Homicides: 2,262
2008 Homicides: 523

As shown on the map, the numbers in Blue are the homicides in the precinct in 1990, the numbers in black are from 2008 and the numbers in orange are the police precinct.

BRONX


BROOKLYN


MANHATTAN


QUEENS


STATEN ISLAND


Some numbers that stand out:

Precinct with most Homicides in 1990: Belmont – East Tremont – West Farms in The Bronx, Precinct 48 with 137 homicides. However 87 of these Homicides were related to the “Happyland Fire”, which killed 87 people.
Number of Homicides in Precinct 48 in 2008: 13, a change of -90.5%.

If the 87 people were not killed in the fire, Precinct 75, in East New York, Brooklyn would be the highest with 109 murders in 1990.
Number of Homicides in Precinct 75 in 2008: 17, a change of -84.4%.

Largest change as a percentage in homicides in a precinct that had a homicide: precinct 34, in Fort George and Inwood in the northern part of Manhattan, a change of -97.1%.
Homicides in precinct 34 in 1990: 103
Homicides in precinct 34 in 2008: 3

Precincts in 2008 that didn’t record a homicide:
Precinct 68: Bay Ridge – Fort Hamilton – Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.
Homicides in 1990: 11
Precinct 22: Central Park, Manhattan.
Homicides in 1990: 3
Precinct 6: West Village, Manhattan.
Homicides in 1990: 7
Precinct 111: Auburndale - Bayside - Little Neck - Douglaston, Oakland Gardens - Queens.
Homicides in 1990: 4

Precincts with most homicides by Borough in 2008:
BRONX
Precinct 48: 20 Homicides
1990: 89 Homicides

BROOKLYN
Precinct 73: 31 Homicides
1990: 60 Homicides

MANHATTAN
Precinct 32: 13 Homicides
1990: 66 Homicides

QUEENS
Precinct 113: 15 Homicides
1990: 37 Homicides

STATEN ISLAND
Precinct 120: 13 Homicides
1990: 16 Homicides

The only Precinct in New York City that recorded a higher number of homicides than 1990 is Precinct 102, Kew Gardens – Richmond Hill – Woodhaven, in Queens, which recorded 8 homicides in 2008 and 6 in 1990.
 

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As high as Manhattan was in 1990-503 or 504 murders, it's still below it's peak in 1972 of 660 or 662.
 

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Is New York the safest large city in the world? (besides Hong Kong:p) I've noticed it's murder rate is lower then that of Vancouvers!

It's also funny because I have always dreamed of living in New York, and I have told my friends that and their replies are always, "Why? So you can get shot?" Jokes on them now.
 

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Is New York the safest large city in the world? (besides Hong Kong:p) I've noticed it's murder rate is lower then that of Vancouvers!

It's also funny because I have always dreamed of living in New York, and I have told my friends that and their replies are always, "Why? So you can get shot?" Jokes on them now.
It's not, though in some categories it's a lot lower than other cities. One city may have a lower murder rate but a lot higher assault and rape rate. Some may say they'll take the assault and rape rate over the murder rate but the thing to remember is that murder is rarer than those 2 crimes. Which I think is a better gauge of determining how safe a city is. People may think it's odd but you can only be killed once, you can be mugged or attacked daily several times. Despite the rate keep in mind most people killed in NYC have had a prior criminal record or were in the midst of illegal activity. Also keep in mind this isn't a city where people are roaming around looking for strangers to kill. In one year, can't remember what year is it was from 2005-2008 only something like 19-30 people were killed by a stranger. The murders in those years are
2005-540
2006-596
2007-496
2008-523
So it happened in one of those years so keep away from criminal activity and treat others how you would like to be treated and you should be fine.
 

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It's amazing how rapidly it's dropped in many large cities across the country, especially New York.
Let's not forget the murder rates were insanely high to begin with (for a developed country), so the rates now are finally getting to a normal level... If you compare it to other huge cities, it's still way too high:

(murder rate per capita)
New York 6.9
London 2.4
Paris 2.2
Tokyo 1.2

But hey, at least it's going the right way. Now all they need to do is finally ban guns...
 

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Let's not forget the murder rates were insanely high to begin with (for a developed country), so the rates now are finally getting to a normal level... If you compare it to other huge cities, it's still way too high:

(murder rate per capita)
New York 6.9
London 2.4
Paris 2.2
Tokyo 1.2

But hey, at least it's going the right way. Now all they need to do is finally ban guns...
6.9?
2007-5.97
2008-6.25
2009-5.22 possibly rating for the total of this year

Aside from that it may be higher but I wouldn't call a 6.9 dangerous. To me you start watching your back quite a bit when it gets to like 10 or 15.
 

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Let's not forget the murder rates were insanely high to begin with (for a developed country), so the rates now are finally getting to a normal level... If you compare it to other huge cities, it's still way too high:

(murder rate per capita)
New York 6.9
London 2.4
Paris 2.2
Tokyo 1.2

But hey, at least it's going the right way. Now all they need to do is finally ban guns...
Bear in mind that America is a very violent nation. It has no gun control, the highest incarceration rate among developed nations, the death penalty, an annual military budget of over $600 billion and it starts massive wars on a regular basis.
 

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So what is the cause of this drop in the number of murders?
A new administration came into power in NYC. They shook up the police force and applied the "broken widow" theory of policing, as well as requiring more accountability for results by the police force.

There have been several books written on the subject, and former mayor Rudy Giuliani was - at one brief point - the front runner for the American Presidency based largely upon his success in turning NYC around.
 

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Bear in mind that America is a very violent nation. It has no gun control, the highest incarceration rate among developed nations, the death penalty, an annual military budget of over $600 billion and it starts massive wars on a regular basis.
Haha, I hope this was sarcasm??? None of those things have a direct correlation to an individual city's murder rate. I won't even touch the starting massing wars on a regular basis.
 

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The Evening Standard

Gangsters and muggers fuel gun crime surge
Justin Davenport, Crime Correspondent

03.09.09

Gangland shootings and armed muggers are fuelling a surge in gun crime in London, according to Scotland Yard.

Police say they are battling a twin rise in the number of offences involving armed gangs and gunpoint robberies.

Overall, the number of gun crime offences across the capital soared by 14 per cent in the last four months - an increase of 139 offences.

The biggest single rise involves street robberies where muggers claim to be armed.

But police point out there are only a few occasions when guns are fired - or even seen by victims.

One senior officer said: “We are seeing a big rise in the number of people claiming they have a gun when they probably don't.

“But if you are being threatened by someone claiming to have a gun you generally don't hang around to check if they have.”

There was also a significant rise in the number of shootings involving armed drug gangs.

Details of the increase came just days after two nightclub related shootings at the weekend.

One man was shot in the shoulder outside the Ministry of Sound club in Brixton after a gangland clash while police say it is miracle no-one was killed when a gunman opened fire in a crowded club in Mill Hill. Four people were shot and injured.

A report to the Metropolitan Police Authority today details a 76 per cent increase in the number of so-called Trident gun crime offences involving gangs in the black community.

Police say the number of extra offences, around 60, is relatively low and comes after a big fall in gun crime offences last year.

Operation Trident sources say the number of gangland murders has fallen from six to three so far this year. In fact, there has not been a single Trident killing north of the river this year.

Detectives believe they are achieving success in targeting serious gun crime and in the past four months seized 34 guns, an increase of 13 per cent over last year.

But they admit they are witnessing a sharp rise in shootings, often when there is no victim.

One detective said: “These are often drive-by shootings where people are firing at houses or cars though we also get victims who are injured. They are mostly gang related but it is difficult to know exactly what's behind it.

”We don't believe there are more guns on the streets because we are recovering more weapons this year. We also do not believe these shootings are attempted murders. They often just seem random.”

In one incident last week residents called police to an estate in Tulse Hill after hearing shots fired. Witnesses reported seeing a group of youths on bikes at the time but police only found empty bullet casings at the scene and a car with gunshot damage.

In some parts of London the rise in gun crime has been particularly high.

The number of gun offences in Brent, for instance, doubled in the last four months from 31 to 63. In Hackney there was a 42 per cent rise from 43 to 61 offences.

In the main gun crime boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham there were smaller increases.

Officially, Scotland Yard played down the rise in offences saying that police re-inforcements had been sent to the boroughs suffering the greatest impact.

The Met issued a statement saying: “The increase in gun crime has not resulted in a rise in gun homicides and many of the weapons, particularly in robberies are intimated rather than confirmed as present.

“We are currently undertaking a range of activity across the Met to combat this. Trident has seized a third more firearms during this period compared to last year. The areas most affected are receiving additional support and bespoke action. “
 
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