1. Safety in Numbers

    NYC Homicides at 40-Year Low

    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10:  Police stand guard in Times Square on July 10, 2012 in New York City. Both New York and Chicago have recently witnessed spikes in crime and shootings. In New York City a violent Fourth of July saw at least a dozen people fall shot by gunfire. Murders in New York City have risen to 21 from 18 at this point in 2011, a jump of almost 17 percent.While some experts say the recent rise in shootings is an anomaly, others fear the rise in shootings is part of a violent new trend.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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    Horrific subway-pushing aside, New York City isn't as gritty as it used to be—and that's a good thing. Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the New York Police Department on Friday for newly released homicide statistics, which show 414 murders in the city in the last year. The number represents both the city's lowest homicide rate in 40 years and a 19 percent decrease over 2011's rate of 515. As an added bonus, six precincts had reported no 2012 homicides at the time of the announcement. Although overall crimes did increase slightly, that was due to a rise in thefts of iPhones and other Apple devices—thefts of non-Apple products are also on the decline.

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