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New York City experienced across-the-board reductions in index crime for the month of August, according to recently released stats by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

In comparison to 2016, there were 21 fewer murders, 61 fewer shooting incidents and 981 fewer index crimes this past August. These reductions, NYPD claims, contributed to the 4,295 fewer overall citywide index crimes, down 6.4 percent year to date.

“To see violence fall to these record lows defies what many thought was possible,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.  “I am extremely proud of the men and women of the NYPD, who continue to work hard in their duties, as the entire department strives to make New York City even safer.  Together with Neighborhood Policing and our deep connections to our communities, I know we can do even more.”

“Precision and neighborhood policing have brought us the safest August in history, with crime plummeting double digits,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “New Yorkers and the NYPD are working together to shatter records, driving crime down to levels unthinkable in the past. But we will never be complacent. The safest big city in America will continue to get even safer thanks to the diligent crime-fighting work of the men and women in blue.”

Similarly, the Transit Bureau saw 179 crimes reported in August, 2017, down 37 from August, 2016’s 216 while the Housing Bureau saw 476 crimes reported in 2017, down a whopping 62 from 2016’s 538.

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