Murders in New York City reached a record low in 2012, and they did in the Bronx as well. This fact made Borough President Ruben Diaz , Jr. quite proud, as there were just 112 homicides in the Bronx last year, down from 2011's 148. Not only is that the lowest number since 1963, the borough had a lower murder rate than Boston last year.
According to statistics, the Bronx was safer than Boston in 2012:
With roughly 1.4 million residents in the Bronx, statistics show that in 2012 the Bronx had a murder rate of 8.0 per 100,000 residents. For example, in 2012 Philadelphia’s murder rate stood at 21.4 per 100,000 residents, while Boston had a murder rate of 9.1 per 100,000 and Newark had 33.1 per 100,000 in 2012.
The NYPD says that crime has dropped by over 70 percent in the Bronx over the past 19 years, including a 78 percent drop in murders.