(DNAINFO) Ben Fractenberg — Violent crime was down during the summer, but the homicide rate for the year overall was up 6 percent in the city compared to the same period in 2014, according to the NYPD.
The city had the lowest number of shootings and homicides from June 1 to Aug. 31 — with 82 murders and 345 shootings — going back to when the NYPD started keeping CompStat records in the mid 1990’s, Deputy Commissioner Dermot Shea said during a press conference at One Police Plaza Wednesday.
“By and large we had a very good summer,” Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “[We are] trending toward another very successful year in maintaining very low crime rates and disorder in the city.”
While overall crime was down about 4 percent so far this year, there were 13 more murders compared to 2014.
There was also a 5.3 percent increase in rapes, with 47 incidents so far this year, and robberies were up less than 1 percent.