Although New York City often gets a bad rep for its nature in crime and level of danger, the NYPD CompStat 2.0 illustrates the substantial decline in major felony crimes from the year 2000 through 2016.
Several felony level crimes such as: murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, burglary and grand larceny. To put things into further perspective, records show murder, including non-negligent manslaughter was reported at 673 back in 2000 and after years of slight decrease and increase, the annual murder/non-negligent manslaughter rate in 2016 was an impressive 335.
Despite the drop in these significant numbers, an anti-police agenda remains in our culture today for reasons like police brutality and cases like the Eric Turner tragedy, the highly controversial stop-and-frisk methods that led to profiling and natural tension between enforcers of the law and those who are expected to abide by those laws.
Despite the ongoing hurdles between the police and citizens, the notion of an improvement being achievable via methods like community policing is currently being banked on.
If we take a closer look at the more recent changes beginning in 2012, the murder rate was recorded at 419, which experienced a noticeable drop to 335 a year later, followed by a nearly identical rate a year later at 333, which would see an increase to 352 in 2015, followed by a decent drop to the 335 mark.
If you were curious, it was under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly who were at the helm from January of 2002 through September 2016, in which the drastic drop in serious crime activity occurred in the Big Apple.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and NYPD commissioner Howard Safir were a duo from April of 1996 through August 2000. Safir was then succeeded by NYPD commissioner Bernard Bailey Kerik from August 2000 through January 2002.
Of course there is the possibility of felony activity that is overlooked, however New Yorkers should take solace in the proof that things have improved, despite there being plenty of room for improvement.