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City on pace to have fewer murders than last year

Commish Ray Kelly

Commish Ray Kelly Photo Credit: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (Getty)

The city is on pace to have fewer murders this year than last year, ranking 2011 the year with the third-fewest murders ever.

Police commissioner Ray Kelly said there had been 496 murders in Gotham as of Thursday morning, according to NBC News. If that trend continues, the year would end with about 509 murders.

New York had 471 murders, a record low, in 2009.

Although the number of murders and burglaries are lower than last year, there have been more rapes and assaults this year, according to the most recent NYPD.

Murders in NYC by year:
2001 – 649
2002 – 587
2003 – 597
2004 – 570
2005 – 539
2006 – 596
2007 – 496
2008 – 523
2009 – 471
2010 – 536
2011 – 509 (estimated)

(Source: NYPD)
 

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