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414 Recorded homicides in NYC so far; number down from 2011, NYPD says

Posted at 7:53 AM, Dec 26, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-26 07:53:52-05

New York City’s murder rate is expected to plunge to its lowest number since recordkeeping began in 1963.

According to the Daily News, the number of homicides is set to fall 19-percent.

Preliminary numbers released by the NYPD show that there were 414 murders in Gotham as of Christmas Eve, compared with 508 at the same time in 2011.

The final figure will likely fall below the previous low of 471, which was recorded in 2009.

The NYPD credits the reduction in homicides to its controversial “stop and frisk” policy.