Icy Weather Freezes NYC Murder Numbers
The Big Apple hit a record, going nine days without murder during the cold streak.
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and January’s cold weather are tied for the city’s longest murder-free streak in recent memory, said NYPD officials. The freeze over the city is pushing crime-doers indoors, giving law enforcement something to smile about. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was elated over the streak. “I like it,” he said, beaming with a wide smile. “That’s sort of the anecdotal answer we have in policing.” Officials are expecting crime to pick back up in the summer months.
The last murder occurred Jan 16 in The Bronx, where two people were killed execution-style while sitting in a parked car.
So far in 2013, there’s been only 18 murders in New York, compared to 23 for the same period in 2012. Last year brought an NYPD record low for homicides; officials attributed the numbers to operations that flood high-crime areas with patrol officers. (NY Post)