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Drop in Crime Despite Rise in Murder Rate

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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.

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