Murders are up sharply in New York City this year, with startling increases in gun crimes across the city, reports the New York Daily News. The citywide murder total increased 22.8 percent in the first 11 weeks of the year over the same period in 2009, from 79 homicides to 97 as of March 21, 2010. Shootings are up citywide, with 293 people injured by gunfire this year, a 16.3 percent increase from the total of 252 recorded by March 21 last year.
There were 466 murders in New York last year, the lowest year-end total since the police department started its tracking method in 1963.
Police officials have long credited the dramatic recent drop in crime to Operation Impact, which floods felony-prone areas with uniformed rookies. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has warned that proposed budget cuts could further imperil NYPD's effectiveness by reducing manpower.
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