By Justin Worland
December 2, 2014

Violent crime in New York City has declined to its lowest level since 1993, city officials said Tuesday.

“Thanks to the NYPD and the leadership of Police Commissioner [William] Bratton, crime in New York City is at historic lows,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “But this administration doesn’t rest on its laurels.”

The number of homicides decreased by 7% from this August to November compared with last year, while the number of robberies was down 14%.

The decline was even more dramatic for low-level marijuana arrests. The total decreased by 61% after the launch of a be Blasio program to issue tickets instead of arresting people in possession of small quantities of marijuana.

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