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City Hall: Last Year Shows A Rise In Local Major Felony Crimes

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The city had almost 4,000 more major felony crimes in the fiscal year 2012 than in the fiscal year 2011, according to the Mayor's Management Report, a report from City Hall that tracks its performance in key areas. NY1's Polly Kreisman filed the following report.

The Mayor's Management Report shows what many New Yorkers already feel: that while the number of major crimes has decreased since the 2003 fiscal year, there is an uptick since last year.

"Possibly it has to do with the economy but there does seem to be an increase in kind of desperate crimes, more muggings," said one resident.

According to the figures released Wednesday, the number of murders and rapes are down both in the last year and since 2003, while robberies, assaults, burglaries and grand larcenies have increased since last year.

"Is it significant enough to be worried about? Not yet," said Dick Dadey of Citizens Union. But clearly the trend has reversed itself."

Dadey said it may be due to the drop in the number of cops on the streets.

"We know the correlation as New Yorkers. We feel it on the street," he said. "When there's been stronger enforcement and more cops on the beat, crime has dropped. We also know that with city budget cuts, there are fewer police officers and we can see evidence of the fact that there are more crimes being committed. So there may be a correlation."

But there's another trend in response time. Firefighters and emergency medical units are arriving faster than ever before. But the average response time by police to crimes has increased by about a minute and a half since the 2003 fiscal year.

Has anybody noticed?

"I definitely feel safer than how I was a year ago," said one resident.

New York City remains one of the safest big cities in the United States but these numbers are a good starting point for future budget talks and of the impact of budget cuts on crime.

The mayor says the overall picture is clear: city services have improved in 10 years, even as funding has been cut.

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