NYC Crime Rate Drops After Storm

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 03: Rockaway residents gather around a fire following Superstorm Sandy at Rockaway Beach on November 3, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Lights from the center of the city can be seen in the distance. Most of the Rockaway Peninsula remains without power as colder weather arrives. With the death toll currently over 90 and millions of homes and businesses without power, the US east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Hurricane Sandy may have devastated areas of New York City, but there was one silver lining in the otherwise massively destructive storm cloud: the city’s overall crime rate dropped 27 percent compared with the same week last year, according to New York police spokesman Paul Browne. That’s 655 fewer crimes committed in 2012. Murders were down by 86 percent while incidents of rape and robbery fell by 41 percent and 21 percent, respectively. Most of the post-storm arrests have related to burglary and disputes over gas. Burglaries were up by 6 percent.