New York City officials say major crime is down this year

NEW YORK (AP) — Officials say New York City is on pace this year for fewer than 100,000 reported major crimes for the first time in at least two decades.

Dermott Shea with the New York Police Department said Wednesday that for the first six months of 2015, there were 46,775 reports of rapes, robberies, felony assaults, burglaries, grand larcenies and auto theft. Overall crime is down 6 percent, but shootings and homicides remain up this year.

Shea says the NYPD has never fallen below 100,000 reported major crimes at least since similar record-keeping began in 1994.

The decrease in major crime for the year comes even despite a jump last month that prompted hand-wringing from city officials and criticism over enforcement changes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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