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June 5, 2007

CONTACT: Christine Anderson


Governor Spitzer and Commissioner of the Division of Criminal Justice Services Denise O’Donnell today released reports indicating that crime rates are largely declining across New York State.  According to Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) statistics released today, violent crime outside of New York City is down 13 percent this year. The statistics cover the first three months of 2007.

Today’s release coincides with state and national figures also released this week indicating that in 2006 violent crime was down across New York State, while national statistics show a modest increase.

“Thanks in large part to the efforts of state and local law-enforcement, New York communities are growing safer,” said Governor Spitzer.  “While there remains much to be done, the findings of this report are encouraging and a reminder that the state’s sustained efforts to continually improve public safety are working.”

The state is targeting Upstate and Long Island crime pockets through Operation IMPACT. Operation IMPACT (Integrated Municipal Police Anti-Crime
Teams) is New York State’s comprehensive crime fighting program designed to achieve sustained, long term crime reduction across the state. IMPACT supports the crime-fighting initiatives in the 17 counties that report over 80 percent of the crime outside of New York City. These counties include:
Albany, Broome, Erie, Chautauqua, Ulster, Nassau, Orange, Niagara, Dutchess, Monroe, Schenectady, Rockland, Suffolk, Onondaga, Rensselaer, Oneida and Westchester.

In the IMPACT jurisdictions, crime is down 8 percent during the first quarter of this year. Violent crime is down nearly 15 percent, rapes are down 11 percent and robberies are down 23 percent.

Commissioner O’Donnell said: “Operation IMPACT’s initial measurements for
2007 are showing real results in the reduction of violent crime.”

In addition to its first-quarter report, DCJS also released its Preliminary Report on Crime in New York State – 2006. This report provides statistical information on crimes reported for the last 10 years.  On June 4, the U.S.
Department of Justice released the FBI’s Preliminary 2006 Uniform Crime Report. Viewed together, the reports show that between 2005 and 2006:

      Violent crime in New York declined 2.1 percent. Violent crime
      increased nationwide by 1.3 percent.

      Reported rapes in New York decreased 12.5 percent, compared with a
      drop nationwide of 1.9 percent.

      Robberies in New York decreased 1.8 percent last year. Nationwide,
      robberies increased by 6 percent.

      Property crimes decreased 2.7 percent in New York and 2.9 percent

      The rate of “index crimes” (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated
      assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft) per 100,000
      population has declined 37 percent since 1997.

The volume of crime has fallen to the lowest level since statewide reporting began nearly 40 years ago, according to statistics maintained by DCJS.  Last year, there were 233,706 fewer crimes reported than in 1997 while the population increased by more than one million during that period.

In New York City, index crimes are down 5.3 percent and violent crime is down 4.6 percent.

The reports also found areas where certain crimes have increased over the last year.  Murders in New York increased 5.5 percent last year from 874 to 922; nationally, murders increased 0.3 percent. Over the last decade New York’s murder rate has declined by more than 15 percent, when there were
1,086 murders reported statewide.

The reports point to an increase in crimes involving a firearm outside New York City.  There were 6,143 reported violent crime incidents that involved a firearm during 2006, an increase of 7 percent over 2005 and 14 percent over 1997.

Link to DCJS New York State Crime Update January – March 2007 vs. 2006

Link to DCJS report: Crime in New York State: 2006 Preliminary Data

Link to FBI report: Preliminary Uniform Crime Report http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/06prelim/index.html