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NYC Has A Murder-Free Week

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The Big Apple wasn’t so rotten from Monday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 13. For those seven days, not a single murder was reported in the metropolis of eight million people.

The New York Post reports:

“It’s an anomaly. No doubt about it,” said a veteran police source.

“The Grim Reaper took a break this week.”

The last time the city experienced a murder-free week was in the midst of a cold spell last January.

The article also notes that violent crimes statistics have been trending downward all year. The year 2012 logged less murders than any other year on record, and 2013 is already on pace to come in under that record. Murders are already down 26% over the same period last year. One of the only crimes rising is minor thefts, much of which can be attributed to iPhones being stolen.

Gun crime has also seen a sharp decrease. While finding the causes of changes in crime rates is notoriously difficult, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is nationally known as a strong advocate of gun control. He is the co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns– and also the driving force behind the controversial stop-and-frisk practice.

This isn’t the first time NYC has had an unusual hiatus in crime. One Monday last November, police reported a 36-hour murder-free period in the five boroughs.

Maybe it’s the autumn weather?

Some are more cynical, saying “they’re just getting better at hiding the bodies.”

[image via Daily News]

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