By Kevin Deutsch
The Bronx experienced a near record low number of homicides through the first six months of the year—part of a dramatic decrease in murder totals citywide, NYPD data shows.
The borough saw 35 homicides through June 30–a 35 percent decrease from the 54 homicides recorded during the same period in 2018, the department said.
Across the five boroughs, police have recorded 135 homicides, versus 156 killings last year. That puts the city on track for 272 homicides, the lowest total since 2017, records show.
Previously, 1950 saw the city’s lowest ever homicide total: 243.
For decades, Bronx detectives have worked an inordinate number of the city’s homicides.
As of 2017, the borough had 17 percent of the city’s population, but nearly 25 percent of the city’s murders and robberies, and 30 percent of shooting victims, felony assaults, and domestic incident reports, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office.