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Homicides Were Up 5 Percent in 2015 Amid Crime Drop, NYPD Commissioner Says

(DNAINFO)  Ben Fractenberg | January 4, 2016 — Major crime was down slightly this year compared to the previous year, but homicides were up more than 5 percent in 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Monday.

There were 105,336 major crimes in 2015 — which include murders, rapes and felony assault — compared with 107,211 in 2014, and 350 homicides compared with 333 in 2014, officials said during a press conference at police headquarters.

“We did it at the same time as we drew police and community closer together,” de Blasio said about the decrease in overall crime. “We said over the last two years we could have a safer city and a fairer city at the same time. These statistics from 2015 prove it. ”

Most homicides were gang-related, according to NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations Dermot Shea, and 68 percent of all homicides were by gunfire.

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