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Homicide Analysis - New York City, 1980

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93 pages
Homicide statistics for New York City are analyzed for the year 1980.
A total of 1,821 homicides were recorded by the New York City Police Department in 1980, 69 more than in 1979. The rate of homicides per 100,000 residents in 1980 was 25.8, placing New York City seventh, comparing the 10 largest cities in the Nation. Brooklyn now has the highest number of homicides of any borough in New York City, although Manhattan continues to have the highest rate per 100,000 residents. December emerged as the month having the largest number of homicides (208), while Saturday was the day registering the highest number of homicides (232). In 1980, 51 percent of the homicides occurred outside, compared to only 43.8 percent outside in 1976. More than one-third of all homicide victims were between the ages of 21 and 30, and the male black between the ages of 21 and 25 was the most frequent victim. Most homicide perpetrators and victims are still of the same race. The report presents data on the homicide victim/perpetrator relationship, the means employed, circumstances of homicides, and historical data and provides numerous graphs and tables to illustrate the data.