NY: Murder Rate Drops, Domestic Violence Increases

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NEW YORK — Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that New York this year recorded its third lowest crime rate since 1963, with a little over 500 murders since January, about 5 percent less than in 2010. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the greatest decreases in crime were in the poorest neighborhoods, where crime rates were higher. But New York also recorded an increase in domestic violence and sexual assault cases this year. Kelly attributed this to an increase in the reporting of these crimes, not necessarily an increase in their occurrence.