Last year in New York City, as gun killings fell, murders committed with knives or other “cutting instruments” rose 50 percent, to 125 from 83, reports the New York Times. “It is hard to say with certainty what accounts for the increase,” said police spokesman Paul Browne.
It is possible, Browne said, that measures like undercover gun-trafficking investigations and interrogations, in which people arrested for lower level crimes are asked to provide information on gun cases, had led to the rise in knife killings and the drop in gun slayings. In 2008, 292 people were shot to death in New York, down from 347 the year before. Overall, homicides rose slightly last year, to 523 from 496 in 2007, which was a 45-year low.