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January 02, 2006

New York: Now The Safest Big City In America

Murders drop for 17th straight year, to lowest level since 1963.

The fall in crime began under former mayor Rudolph Giuliani in the mid-1990s, when he introduced his "zero tolerance" policies, whereby police clamped down hard on all crimes, from subway fare dodging to illegal gun possession.

Mr Giuliani flooded crime-ridden areas with policemen, increasing patrols and getting officers out from behind their desks.

Crime dropped 57 per cent under Mr Giuliani, and has fallen a further 20 per cent in the past four years under Michael Bloomberg, the media billionaire who began his second term yesterday.

Guiliani scared criminals so much they're still worried about him.


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