New York City has passed a day without a single report of a
person being shot, stabbed or subject to other sorts of
violent crime for the first time in recent memory.
The rare day occurred on Monday (local time), near the end of
a year when the city's murder rate is on target to hit its
lowest point since 1960, according to New York Police
Department chief spokesman Paul Browne.
Browne said it was "first time in memory" the city's police
force had experienced such a peaceful day.
While crime is up 3 percent overall, including a 9 percent
surge in grand larceny police attribute to a rash of smart
phone thefts, murder is down 23 percent over last year, the
As for a day without violent crime, experts said they could
not recall that happening in recent memory.
"In a city of 8 million people, this is extremely rare," said
Tom Repetto, author of American Police, 1949-2012.
There have been 366 murders in the city so far this year,
compared with 472 at this time last year, according to the
By comparison, Chicago, Illinois, a city of about 2,707,000
people that has been plagued by gang violence in 2012, has
registered 462 murders so far this year, according to the
Chicago Police Department.
In Philadelphia, a city of about 1,536,000 people, there have
been 301 murders so far this year, the exact same number as
this time last year, the Philadelphia Police Department
Repetto attributed New York's success to "proactive" police
department tactics, including its controversial stop and
While critics have charged that the dramatic increase in
stops hasn't led to a similar rise in gun seizures, police
officials have countered that proactive tactics have made
criminals think twice about taking their guns out on the