Crime in New York City jumped last month, led by a spike in murders, reports the New York Daily News. The murder total rose nearly 77 percent to 46 homicides through Sept. 28, compared with 26 through the same date in September 2007. Shooting crimes rose last month, with the number of victims up 11 percent. So far this year, the city has tallied 390 homicides, 11% more than the 350 by the end of September in 2007.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that even if the trend continues, total homicides would still be the second lowest since the department started keeping track in 1963. Last year was a record low, with fewer than 500 homicide victims in the city. Thomas Reppetto, a criminologist and co-author of “NYPD: A City and Its Police,” said the financial crisis could affect the number of police officers on the street. “The great unknown is how this financial problem is going to affect the strength of the NYPD,” said Reppetto. “Are they going to have sufficient resources to continue to carry out the strategies of the past?”