City Records Lowest Quarter for Murders and Shootings in the CompStat-era

Robbery, Burglary and Grand Larceny Auto also Achieve Record Lows in First Quarter

New York, New York—There have been 18 fewer murders and 30 fewer shootings year-to-date, compared with 2015. These figures make the first quarter of 2016 the safest in the modern CompStat era, which began more closely tracking crime data in 1994. Compared with the same period last year, there were also 72 fewer robberies year-to-date, or -2.0%; 199 fewer burglaries year-to-date, or -6.1%; and 127 fewer grand larceny autos year-to-date, or -8.7%.

New York City experienced an increase of 1.3% in overall crime for March 2016, when compared with same period last year.

Comparing March 2016 with same period last year, there were 27 murders, the same number as March 2015. There were two fewer shootings, or -2.9%. Also for the month of March 2016, rape is down three crimes, or -2.8%; robbery is down 18 crimes, or -1.5%; felonious assault is up 22 crimes, or 1.4%; burglary is down 59 crimes, or -5.5%; grand larceny is up 224 crimes, or 6.8%; and grand larceny auto is down 68 crimes, or -13.8%. Gun arrests are also up 13.3% for the first quarter of 2016, when compaed to the same period in 2015.

“To have the safest quarter in murders and shootings, is a significant benchmark,” said Police Commissioner William J. Bratton. “I am extremely proud of the results achieved by the men and women of this department. As always, we will continue to adjust our tactics to address fluctuations in crime. Using unprecedented technology, the NYPD is operating with greater precision than ever before.”

“Our communities saw the fewest murders and shootings of any quarter in recorded history, and there is no question that this progress stems from NYPD’s expert work getting guns off our streets,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “With more guns out of our neighborhoods and gun arrests on the rise, the NYPD is helping prevent hundreds of tragedies and protect countless lives. I want to thank Commissioner Bratton and all the members of NYPD for their tireless work in keeping our streets safe across the five boroughs.”

The Transit Bureau is up four crimes for March 2016, or 2.3%. The Housing Bureau is up 65 crimes, or 19.1%.

Note: All crime statistics are preliminary and subject to further analysis, revisions, or change.

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