Originally Posted by dasanman69
Did you write that in the 70s? NYC is one of the safest cities in the US.
Depends on exactly which crimes one is referencing I suppose, but if you pore over this data...
...you'll see that NY crimes are generally lower compared to other major cities with more than 250,000 people, but the murder rate is no better than Fort Worth, Texas, and in terms of violent crime overall New York ranks 40th.
Another stat to consider is that populations are shrinking as Boomers die off and there are fewer Gen-X and Y to replace them. This also has an effect on crime since there are simply fewer people around who actually commit "crimes".
Look at the right-hand chart of "Historical Population of the United States" and look at the clear trend lines. Population growth and the so-called "replacement rate" has fallen precipitously in the past 3 years. Fewer people, fewer crimes.