Friday, February 13, 2015

The Big Apple Moving Up the Charts

The Economist magazine's Intelligence Unit (EIU) ranked the world's fifty major cities by their crime rate. And New York City made it into the top ten as reported by the Mother Nature Network.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, to some, is New York City’s rank on the EIU index. The Big Apple sits in the 10th spot.
The city is certainly more dangerous than Tokyo. However, New York has had a huge drop in crime recently. There were more than 2,000 murders annually in the five boroughs during the crack epidemic of the 1990s. That number has now dropped to fewer than 400 per year. There is a massive police presence in areas frequented by tourists, and gang activity has been reigned in to a large extent.

Here are the top 10 safest cities, according to EIU:
1. Tokyo
2. Singapore
3. Osaka, Japan
4. Stockholm
5. Amsterdam
6. Sydney
7. Zurich
8. Toronto
9. Melbourne, Australia
10. New York City
Lately, the Big Apple has had a streak of homicide-free days. Eleven days so far. Some have attributed it to the bone-chilling temperatures of late.

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