Fewer Crimes Push City Even Lower on Overall Crime
Index - - Ranks 203rd Out of 225 Cities
New York City Police Commissioner
Raymond W. Kelly today announced that the FBI's annual "Uniform Crime Reports"
for 2002 ranks New York City even lower in overall crime than it ranked in 2001.
According to FBI statistics, the city experienced a 4.5 percent drop in overall
crime; the national average was a drop of 0.2 percent. Moreover, the New York
City ranked 203rd out of 225 cities across the nation on the total
index. In 2001, the city ranked 196th.
"Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the men and women of this Department,
we have made New York City the safest it's been in decades," Commissioner Kelly
said. "I want to commend them for their commitment to keep crime down to record
levels. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the New York City
Police Department that our city enjoys its status as the safest big city in the
The FBI's total crime index ranks cities by the number of crimes per 100,000
people. From 2001 to 2002, New York City dropped seven spots on the list; it now
ranks between Garden Grove, California, and Henderson, Nevada. Out of the
nation's 10 largest cities, New York ranked 10th with the fewest overall crimes
on the total crime index. Out of the 25 largest cities, it ranked 24th.
For 2002, the total crime index in New York City was 3139.8 crimes per
100,000 people. San Jose, California, which was the only of the 25 largest
cities to beat New York, had a rate of 2,642.
Six out of seven crime categories dropped significantly in New York last
year. Homicides were down 9.1 percent, while across the rest of the country they
were up 0.8 percent on average. Motor vehicle theft was
down 10.1 percent
here; nationwide it was up 1.2 percent. Burglaries were down here by 4.8
percent; they were up everywhere else by 1.5 percent on average.
The following list shows where New York City ranked out of the 25 largest
cities in seven crime categories, and where the city ranked in 2001. Lower ranks
reflect fewer crimes.
|Motor Vehicle Theft
|Total Crime Index