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Friday, November 30, 2012
Who, What, Why: What happened to crime in New York City?
For more than 36 hours
in New York City, no-one was shot, stabbed, or otherwise killed. The
crime freeze began after 22:25 on Sunday, when a man was shot in the
head, and continued until another man was shot at 11:20 on Tuesday.
Though the break in violent crime marked the first time in
recent memory such an event had occurred, the figure doesn't surprise
"I'm surprised it's just the first day this has happened,"
says Alfred Blumstein, a professor of public policy at Carnegie Mellon
University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Considering, says Blumstein, that there were only 472
homicides in New York last year, with this year on track for even fewer,
the odds of a violent-crime free day are favourable.
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