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Queens Chronicle

Killings reach new record low

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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:22 am, Thu Jan 9, 2014.

As 2013 drew to a close, the city’s homicide rate was all but guaranteed to be the lowest since reliable records began to be kept 50 years ago, statistics say.

As of Dec. 29, there had been 333 murders in New York this year, down 20 percent from the 419 committed in 2012 — and down 85 percent from 1990’s peak of 2,245.

The Bloomberg administration announced the latest figures in its final weekly update on murders and shootings, released Monday. Similar numbers and further details were announced at a Dec. 27 Police Academy graduation ceremony.

Among this year’s 333 killings, 194, or 58.3 percent, were committed with firearms, the city said. Overall, there were 1,100 shootings in 2013, 19.5 percent fewer than the 1,367 recorded in 2012.

Comparing the 12 years Mayor Bloomberg was in office with the prior 12 years shows that there were 9,285 fewer murders citywide as of Dec. 20, the administration reported, saying that translates into 1,374 lives saved in Queens. It also cited stats showing that residents of Chicago are three times more likely than New Yorkers to become the victims of homicide.

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