2008_09_fbi2.jpgLast week, the FBI released its Crime in the United States 2007 statistics, showing that violent crime fell in 2007. However, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Kelly pointed out that NYC was almost entirely responsible for that downward trend. Bloomberg said, "Without the 17 percent decline in murders in New York City, murder nationwide would have been flat, not down" (murders in NYC dropped from 596 in 2006 to 496 in 2007). Also, NYC's drop in robberies contributed to 75% of the nation decline in robberies. NYC is the safest major city, with 2,432.3 crimes per 100,000 people and, out 245 cities with populations over 100,000, NYC was 230th between Santa Clarita, CA and Rancho Cucamonga, CA (most dangerous are Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, Phoenix and Philadelphia).