New York City Police Department

Press Release | NO. 2003-065

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # 065
Monday, June 16, 2003



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.

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 crime
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 country."

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.

Crime Category 2002 2001
Murder 20th 20th
Forcible Rape 25th 25th
Robbery 15th 13th
Aggravated Assault 15th 16th
Burglary 24th 23rd
Larceny Theft 24th 24th
Motor Vehicle Theft 25th 23rd
Total Crime Index 24th 24th

 



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