Calling a sharp drop in overall violence throughout America's most populous city "one for the record books," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week that 2009 saw historic crime-rate declines across the city's five boroughs.
The declines occurred in nearly every crime category, including the "lowest number of murders ever," Bloomberg said Monday.
According to the mayor's office, there have been 461 homicides to date on Monday in 2009. That number is down nearly 11 percent from the same time a year ago, with 516 murders recorded in 2008. Bloomberg said 2009 is on track to have the fewest murders in New York City's history since reliable recordkeeping began in 1963.
This is certainly a wonderful achievement, one which derives from several factors.
The mayor said the drop in New York's crime rate can be attributed to a combination of using new technologies and strong management, using statistics in police planning and responses, adequately funding the department and focusing resources to address problem areas.
Along with stringent gun laws, regulations and enforcement mechanisms, the combination of all these strategies "have helped to substantially reduce the level of violence on our streets," Bloomberg said.
"Along with stringent gun laws," is the way Bloomberg puts it. The gun bloggers on the other hand seem to think it has only to do with improved policing techniques and general trends.
What's your opinion? Do the strict gun laws in New York contribute to the decreasing violence? If some of the "feeder" states had similar restrictions and the ciminal importing of weapons were curtailed, do you think the crime rate in NYC would go even lower?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.