Cold weather and tougher anticrime enforcement are contributing to what may turn out to be New York City’s safest month in at least thirteen yars, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the New York Daily News. “We’re focusing our resources where they can do the most good,” Kelly said. Citywide crime this month has fallen 10 percent compared with the same period last year. The number of murders is also down to 46 from 75.
The weather might not tell the whole story. Temperatures have averaged 24.6 degrees this month, but January was unusually warm. Subway crime is at its lowest in decades; crime fell 18 percent last month compared with the same period last year. Overall, Kelly credited Operation Impact, an initiative that floods dangerous areas with police, for reducing street crime. Major crime has fallen 30 percent so far this year in the 20 designated impact zones.