The NYPD reported no violent crimes on Monday, something that top police officials said hasn’t happened as long as they could remember, according to the New York Daily News.
"Nice way to start the week," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD’s spokesman, told the paper.
Tom Reppetto, an NYPD historian, said the city is on pace to finish the year with just over 400 murders, the lowest number since 1960.
Reppetto called that “an almost impossible figure,” according to the Daily News.
The streak ended on Tuesday when a 27-year-old man was shot in Brooklyn at Ralph and Flatlands Ave. That was the first shooting since Sunday when a man in Bed-Stuy was shot in the head and badly wounded.
Data says that murders are down 23 percent, with 472 last year and 366 this year so far. There have also been 10 percent fewer people shot – 1,674 last year and 1,514, about five a day, this year.
Though the practice is controversial, police sources say that the NYPD’s stop and frisk initiative provides real penalties for those caught carrying a weapon, something that may have helped keep crime at bay.
According to the paper, a 16-year old was admitted to a Bronx hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg, but it was deemed that the teen accidentally shot himself.
Bookending the violent crime-free day were a fatal Bed-Stuy shooting at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, and a fatal Canarsie shooting at 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday.
Brooklyn Bike Patrol, whose team provides safe escorts at night, had this to say about Monday's new on their Facebook page:
"No shooting no stabbings or deaths in NYC last night. Let keep it up! Folks, you can now call us as early as 6:30 p.m. to schedule a pick up. You can also leave a message on our voice mail and someone will call you within the hour to confirm your escort. Stay safe with BBP. Sunday-Thursday 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m.-4 a.m if you ever need us outside our normal hours please call ahead of time so we can accommadate you. Have a great day."