For a city often thought of as one with a high crime rate to match its huge population, the past week has been a notable achievement. A press release from the Office of the Mayor announced today that no homicides were reported in any of NYC's five boroughs between Oct. 7 and Sunday, marking the second time this year the city has gone a week without any killings.
The news was also confirmed by NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly. The last time New York City experienced such a period was a nine-day stretch between Jan. 17-25 at the beginning of this year. Before that, the city saw zero murders between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5 last fall, just after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast.
As of Oct. 13, 256 murders have been committed in New York, compared with 346 at this time last year. The mayoral press release notes that this 90-count difference represents a 20-percent drop in homicides. 57 percent of this year's murders have reportedly been committed with a firearm, but that statistic is down from last year as well. 148 murders with firearms have occurred in 2013 as opposed to 208 last year, a difference of almost 30 percent.
Kelly said that having such a week is “certainly unusual in a city of 8.4 million people” but also credited his police force's work, saying it is "is emblematic of how safe this city has become and what a great job the New York City police officers are doing.”
“Although some people think they may be lazy, I think they’re doing a phenomenal job,” Kelly said.
That comment appeared to be in response to mayoral candidate Bill DeBlasio's appearance on MSNBC's "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" in which DeBlasio agreed with Baldwin that New York's stop-and-frisk policy is "lazy."