Murder Drops 35% in The Bronx Compared to Last Year as City Heads to Lowest Homicides Since 1950

Last year at this time, Welcome2TheBronx reported that murder was on the rise by a whopping 92% in The Bronx compared to 2017 by the end of June.

Now that dark trend appears to be reversing as only 35 murders have been reported versus 54 last year at this time representing a 35% drop.

This decline in our borough is leading the city towards historic lows in homicides not seen since 1950 according to the New York Daily News which reports that that year saw 243 reported homicides.

These drops in overall crime makes The Bronx safer than such cities like Orlando and Miami in Florida, Philadelphia, and just as safe as Boston according to data analyzed using Neighborhood Scout.

Every single precinct across The Bronx reported a decrease in murders except the 45th which saw an increase of 1 murder and the 41st and 47th which held steady at last year’s reported murders.

While the media continues to sensationalize crime in The Bronx, those who live here know that things aren’t anywhere nearly as bad as it’s consistently made out to seem.

This in no way means we’re a paradise but it shows the hardwork our communities have put in against violence in our borough and compared to the 653 murders in The Bronx alone in 1990, this is relatively peaceful.

Let’s keep up the good work and support local community and antiviolence organizations in The Bronx.

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.