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Murder rates in major US cities, including New York City, have seen a significant decrease so far in 2024 compared to the previous year. New York City experienced a 15% drop in murders during the first three months of the year, with 88 murders reported compared to 104 in 2023. Data analyst Jeff Asher noted that there are many positive trends being observed in various places across the country, with national trends resembling those seen in the mid-to-late 90s, potentially on a larger scale.

Factors that contributed to the increase in murders during the pandemic, such as school closings and civil unrest following the death of George Floyd, have started to subside. Cities like Boston, Columbus, San Antonio, San Diego, and Nashville have seen significant drops in homicides in 2024, with Boston leading with an 82% decrease. While NYPD reported a slightly different murder rate compared to AH Datalytics, they also show a decrease in murders so far this year compared to 2023.

Despite the decrease in homicides, concerns about crime remain in New York City, especially following a series of subway attacks. This prompted the NYPD to deploy 800 additional cops in the transit system to target farebeaters. While murders have decreased, there has been an increase in robbery and felony assaults in the city. Some cities across the nation, like Denver, Los Angeles, and Portland, saw rises in murders as of early April, but the overall trend remains promising, according to the report.

Experts attribute the decrease in murders to law enforcement agencies becoming more proactive after a period of reduced activity during the pandemic. Police, prosecution, and the courts are now more focused on addressing crime and ensuring public safety. This shift in focus, along with efforts to address underlying social issues contributing to crime, has led to the positive trend in murder rates across major US cities.

As cities continue to address crime and work towards improving public safety, the report suggests that the numbers are moving in the right direction. While challenges remain, such as the increase in certain types of crimes like robbery and assault, the overall decrease in murders is a positive sign. By implementing effective policing strategies, cities can continue on the path towards reducing crime rates and creating safer communities for their residents.

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