Tom Repetto, author of American Police, 1949-2012, said he could not recall such a crime-free day as Monday. “In a city of 8 million people, this is extremely rare,” he said.
There have been 366 murders in the city so far this year, compared with 472 at this time last year, according to the NYPD.
By comparison, Chicago, Illinois, a city of 2.7 million people, has been plagued by gang violence and has registered 462 murders in 2012. Philadelphia, with a 1.5 million population, has recorded 301 murders in 2012, the exact same number as this time last year.