Key stats on crime, homelessness during NYC mayor's watch

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Posted: Aug 12, 2015 2:27 PM

Key statistics on crime and homelessness during the watch of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio:

HOMICIDE — There had been 196 killings this year in New York City as of Aug. 2, up 10 percent from 178 during the same period a year ago.

But the city is still on pace to have only 334 homicides, which would be the second-lowest number since the city began keeping reliable statistics. The all-time low of 333 deaths was set last year, during de Blasio's first year in office.

During the five years before that, the city averaged 455 killings per year.

SHOOTINGS — So far, 794 people had been shot in the city, compared to a nearly identical 787 people through the same period last year. Both numbers are down 24 percent from the same period five years ago.

HOMELESSNESS — There are currently 56,000 people living in city homeless shelters, up from 52,000 when de Blasio took office in January 2014.

The current total is virtually unchanged from the previous summer, but there is no question that homelessness has been on the rise. Three summers ago, only 42,000 people lived in city shelters. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has recorded a 37 percent increase in the city's homeless population since 2009.