Even with fewer officers and budget cuts, overall New York City crime is down nearly 40 percent since 2001, the Associated Press reports. The New York Police Department says the city is heading toward a record low number of murders this year, about 453. That would break the low of 497 set in 2007. There have been 325 homicides in New York this year as of this morning.
The city averages about six homicides per 100,000 people. That’s among the lowest in the U.S. In London, there are about two homicides per 100,000 people. In Tokyo, there’s about one.