New York city’s murder rate has jumped 9 percent so far this year, reports the New York Daily News. Though major crime is down 5 percent across the city, 239 people have been slain, compared with 219 during the same period last year when the murder rate was at a record low. Police officials said the rise in homicides is not a reason to panic or a signal that the city is becoming like the early 1990s, when the streets were plagued by random violence and killings.
Police officials noted that serious crime – including murders, rapes, robberies and felony assaults – has fallen about 22 percent citywide in the last five years. Brooklyn has more homicides than any other borough this year. – and the only two precincts in the city with double-digit homicides. In the 71st Precinct, which reported 11 murders, commander Frank Vega said “we need more eyes on the street,” suggesting that more active community groups could help police.