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The Call Blog: With Street Stops Down, Crime Rate Continues To Decline

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You can stop a thousand people - it doesn't mean you're necessarily preventing crime. Finding a criminal in that group is probably a better indicator of statistics and probability than good policing. That comes from better training so officers know who to stop in the first place.



According to police statistics, the murder rate in New York City is down 26 percent so far this year. Through last Sunday, there were 256 murders compared to 346 murders in 2012. If the trend holds, New York City will break last year's record low of 419, which police say is the lowest number at any time since comparable records were kept.

In addition, the City has seen 266 fewer total shootings than at this point last year. Police say there were 879 shootings in 2013 compared to 1,145 shootings in 2012. The drop in murders and shootings comes as police officers are conducting about half as many "stop and frisks" as they did through this time last year.

Why do you think there are fewer murders and shootings in New York City compared to years past? What does it tell you that the drop in the serious crimes is taking place while there is a drop in street stops? How much credit does Mayor Bloomberg deserve for keeping crime low? Which mayoral candidate is best suited to keep the trend heading in the right direction?

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So much for crime going up under diBlasio’s watch, huh Lhota? Stop and frisk was a waste of time. All cops did was stop the wrong people, while the criminals skipped along.

Ari
West Chelsea



This mayor continues to look for a legacy and I don’t believe any of his polls or test scores at all.
He is desperate for a glorified legacy and it isn’t going to happen.
He has a corrupt administration and we the New York American tax paying citizens have asked more
questions of this mayor than he cares about giving answers.
To must mystique or if you will cover-up. He’s just an arrogant person and I can’t wait for him to
make his exit as soon and as quiet as possible.

SAYONARA !!!!!!!!

Maxxiee
Morris Park



The decline in crime is due to more criminals having been apprehended and imprisoned.

Joe
Port Richmond



I live in Harlem where last year there were a lot of shootings. I feel the reason for less shootings is gentrification so the police are actually in our neighborhood

Danielle
Harlem



I think the reason why they're less shootings is because of the gun buy back program times are tough now and people need the money stop and frisk needs to be abolished because some cops only stop the minority people and that's racist i know Diblasio will hire more undercover cops. i hope they find Avante soon my prayers are with him and his family

Herman
Upper West Side



I think the buy gun back program has a lot to do with it. Also the re-entry programs that the borough DA Department to stop people from going back into the system.

Miss Mae
Harlem



Crime is down for a number of reasons. One being the end of a crack era that fueled crime in the city astronomically. Once that began to wane, and the following generation did not engage in the usage ;the crime rate diminished enormously. Please remember also that there is a question of accurate police statistics.

K
Harlem



The Feds get a good amount of credit cauz there is greater control of illegal drugs getting out on the street.

Michel
TriBeCa



Commissioner Kelly has done a innovative, recording breaking and outstanding job. I hope Bill DeBlasio will change his mind and consider asking is Commissioner Kelly to stay on.

Karen
Bay Ridge



The fact is the Dinkins administration implemented strong strategic police procedures, Guiliani was a beneficiary of that policy, Bloomberg wanted to milk it for all it was worth and began a hyper Stop and Frisk policy, which was his undoing...greed.

K
Harlem



There have been many reports over the past year of murders. Especially a large number of innocent bystanders being shot. There was one over the summer and at a press conference Bloomberg was more concerned about bragging about his crime numbers than showing any remorse for the woman who was murdered. Overall murders might be down but it seems like more random, innocent people are being shot even though they were not the intended target.

Chris
Brooklyn



NOW THAT COPS ARE FREE TO DO THEIR JOB DUE TO LESS STOP AND FREE CRIME WILL CONTINUE TO GO DOWN

PEDRO
BRONX



I think that crime is down as a result of the successful work of the NYPD with crime solving. It's amazing to see how NYPD could find their criminals, it may take time but they will get them which proves crimes does not pay.

Kevin
Clifton



My vote is going to Lhota...I think commissioner Kelly has done a wonderful job of keeping the city safe....and I personally
think DiBlasio was pimping his son on TV ads to get himself voted..He was an aide to Mayor Dinkins...need I say more..?
He wants to replace Kelly and eliminate 5000 cops...As far as I'm concerned, he's not fit to be Mayor.

M



There doing a great I just wish they hire more police officers , the more present the better crime will be controlled .



The question about the accuracy of NYPD crime stats is a good one, and I don't know the answer. What I know is that "murder" is a legal term--a murder does not occur unless an individual has been convicted of a "murder." So all the shootings and killings that we hear about don't necessarily add up to murders. Perhaps the city is playing mind games with us. Just another way that our intelligence is insulted and we are used as political pawns.

Alice



I watch the news every day! I see nothing down! I believe what i see not what i hear.

Sheena
Washington Heights



STOP AND FRISK IS A VERY GOOD IDEA. HOWEVER, IT MUST BE APPLIED FAIRLY TO ALL GROUPS IN THE PUBLIC ARENA. IT HELPS TO KEEP THE WOULD BE CRIMINAL OFF BALANCE. I HOPE D’BLAZIO

KEEPS RAY, KELLY ON BOARD.

JEFF
HARLEM



Should DeBlasio become our next mayor I have no doubt that crime will increase due to his zeal to hobble the police & make nice with gang thugs.
He wants to "talk to motorcycle gangs"--really?
As a result, the economy of New York City will suffer.

Bruce
Upper East Side



Mr. Schiumo I love your program because it allows our opinion to be voiced. Thank you.

I do believe that Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly have been instrumental in getting crime down. However, there are still too many people dying unnecessarily. I cannot believe that someone would say that we could have less policemen on the beat. There are still innocent people being killed by shooters that just have a rage towards someone else and think that only a gun can settle their differences. Even policemen shooting at someone miss their target, and shoot innocent people in the streets.

Crime is not disappearing, as long we have people with mental issues that still have access to guns, children that are being shot or being abused, rapes being done as people try to jog, or walk home, homeless doing misdeeds and are still allowed to be on the streets, they will continue to contribute to crime. Many feel safe but I tell you if you are walking and it gets dark you still are not feeling safe. Now some crimes are being done in the afternoon, it is still not that safe to walk around.

How can anyone say that Lhota would be better than De Blasio, or vice versa? They haven't been in a position to do anything so far. We are assuming this because of negative advertisement but until you are in a position of authority, that is when you can then handle what comes up.

Also, no one should be compared to someone else. Everyone is an individual and there is nothing that says that they should follow someone who is no longer in office. I remember that during Mayor Dinkins' administration he was constantly being compared to Mayor Koch. If they don't run out fast to some issue, they meet criticism and comparison. I think no one should be compared to anyone else.

Stella

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