Not a single person was reported shot, stabbed, or slashed in New York City on Monday, reports the New York Daily News. police sources said. It likely didn’t happen in 1990, when the city logged a record 2,245 murders, said Tom Reppetto, a police historian and author of “American Police, 1945-2012.” “There were shootings galore,” Reppetto said. “We lived in a town where people were afraid to come out of their houses, where babies slept in bathtubs to avoid getting shot, where nursery schools ran drills – ‘When you hear the shots, drop down.'”
The lack of gun and knife violence on Monday may be rare, but not a complete surprise, given that the city is on pace to finish the year with just over 400 murders. “They’re going to come in with the fewest number of murders since about 1960,” Reppetto said. “It’s an almost impossible figure, but their programs have been fabulously successful in stopping crime.” This year, crime is up three percent, fueled mostly by a 9 percent surge in grand larcenies that police attribute to thefts of smart phones and tablets. Murders are down 23 percent — 472 last year and 366 this year. There have been 10 percent fewer people shot — 1,674 last year and 1,514, about five a day, this year.