New York Police Say Murders to Hit 50-Year Low in City

Murders in New York City have dropped 19 percent in 2012 from last year and are set to mark the lowest total in 50 years, police said.

There were 414 murders through Dec. 23, beating the previous low of 471 reached in 2009, Paul Browne, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department, said today.

Barring a sudden spike in violence in the last week of the year, 2012 will mark the lowest murder total during the last 50 years that reliable comparisons can be made, Browne said.

“We’re going to try to keep it low and not view it as an aberration,” he said.

Browne attributed the drop to the police department’s focus on violent crimes and guns and the deployment of officers to areas experiencing shootings.

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