Police say New York City homicides back up

Sept. 29, 2008 at 1:04 PM
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NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Homicides in New York City have jumped 10 percent this year over the same time period last year, police statistics show.

Crime statistics show that so far this year, there have been 377 homicides in New York City, compared to the 344 reported during the same time period of 2007, the New York Post reported Monday.

The final homicide tally for 2007 was 496, but the current trend would leave the city with nearly 550 homicides at year's end.

Meanwhile, robberies in the city rose from 14,865 to 15,323 for the same time period and reported rapes have increased from 943 to 990.

Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne told the Post future crime-fighting efforts would be further strained by a looming $90 million budget cut.

Browne noted the 2008 homicide total is 8.5 percent lower than 2006 and and down 17.5 percent from 2001.

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