Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Drop in Crime Despite Rise in Murder Rate
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
New York, NY —
The city's crime statistics are in for the year, and overall there's been a 4 percent drop in all major crime from 2007, including fewer incidents of felony assault, auto theft and crime in the transit system.
REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says given the falling economy, maintaining the city's safety won't be easy at all.
BLOOMBERG: It is going to be incredibly difficult. Nobody should think anything to the contrary. Our tax revenues continue to fall, the economy continues to weaken, and the forecast for the economy and our city and our country are dismal.
REPORTER: The number of murders in the city was up by 5 percent, but this was the 7th consecutive year in which there were fewer than 600 murders.