NEW YORK - Murders were up across the city in October, and overall violent crime is up slightly this year.
That's according to new numbers revealed by the NYPD on Wednesday.
The statistics show there were 29 homicides last month, compared with 18 in October 2018.
Murders are up three percent between January and October of this year compared with the same period last year.
Rape, robbery, assaults, and shootings are also up slightly, though shootings saw the biggest jump at five percent.
Police point out that the October murder rate does include the four homeless men who were killed in Chinatown.
Mayor Bill de Blasio insists the city is safer than ever, and says the NYPD is doing everything it can to keep it that way.
"This is a city that has consistently gotten safer and stronger. But of course any time a number goes up, it first and foremost it’s about a human being and that’s what matters most but yeah, we don’t ever want to see anything that takes away people’s confidence so we’re going to keep fighting to drive the numbers down," De Blasio said.
The numbers do show that overall major crime is down nearly 2 percent this year.