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New York City homicide rate lowest since 1950s

Staff Writer |
New York City is on track to end 2017 with its lowest murder rate since the 1950s, according to New York City Police Department records.

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As of Dec. 17, New York City had 278 reported homicides, including the eight victims who were killed in the October terrorist attack in Manhattan. Last year by that time, the city had 325 homicides.

New York City's homicide rate has been falling steadily for the past 27 years, when in 1990, the city hit an all-time high of 2,245 homicides, excluding the 9/11 fatalities in 2001.

But with fewer than 300 homicides in a city of more than 8.5 million people, the city is on par with the 1950s average of about 300 per year, even though the city now has nearly 1 million more people.

Other violent crime rates, including those of rape, robbery, burglary and aggravated assault, are also at historic lows, current NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said at a news conference.

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