Mayor Bloomberg crowed about New York City's declining crimes rates contributing to helping the national crime levels dropping. The FBI released its Uniform Crime Report for 2004 yesterday, and it is interesting how NYC's crime has impacted the overall numbers: A 4% drop in NYC 2004 crime contributed to a 67% decrease statewide, while a 20% decrease in nationwide crime from 2001-2004 is attributed to NYC's crime reduction measures. These numbers will not only be repeated by Mayor Bloomberg over and over again as he marches closer to Election Day (and voters do respond to falling crime rates), but Governor Pataki has been taking credit, as he's eyeing a shot at the Presidency.

The FBI's Uniform Crime Report for 2004 is a fascinating look at how other parts of the country are doing.