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Rate of major crimes continues to decline in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is continuing to experience a major decline in crime, including double-digit drops in shooting incidents, shooting victims and homicides, according to statistics collected by the New York Police Department.

On Thursday, July 6, Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that 50 murders had been recorded in Brooklyn so far in 2017. At this time last year, 61 murders had been recorded, putting 2017 on track to be the year with the fewest murders since statistics were tracked.

Also in noticeable decline are shooting incidents and shooting victims, which are down by approximately 20 percent each compared to this time last year.

Overall, the Total Crime Index, which represents the seven major felony crimes, is down by 4.5 percent for the year so far in Brooklyn. Rape remains the only felony category not in decline, with a 0.9 percent uptick compared to this time last year.

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