The NYPD is touting a significant drop in violent crimes across the city that, by one measure, has New York City on track to have its safest year since the 1950s.
"Here's the bottom line: If these trends continue through this month, the people of this city will have had the safest year on record in over half a century," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.
For the first 11 months of the year, there were 259 murders, down 17 percent from the 312 during the same time last year.
Statistics show shootings overall are down by 22 percent this year compared to the same point in 2016.
Crime stats also show decreases in robberies, burglaries, and felony assaults.
Police Commissioner James O'Neill said solid police work and help from the community played a role in the drop.
"We've seen people in neighborhoods all across the city really step up and take active roles in helping us," O'Neill said. "New Yorkers are understanding that public safety is a shared responsibility."
One crime stat that increased was the number of rapes in the city. Police said there were 111 rapes reported in November of 2017, compared with 96 in November of last year — a 16 percent increase.
"October and November — two months in a row — we have seen double-digit increases percentage-wise in rapes," NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Dermot Shea said. "That coincides with a lot of the news media coverage of late."
Police said they cannot prove the increase is the result of the flood of sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations against celebrities. But the department did say people are coming forward to report rapes that happened to them in the past.