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.