Efforts to mend relationships between police and communities have contributed to a continued decrease in crime in New York City. The city reported a drop in overall crime for the fourth straight year. Records show that there were 96,517 crimes reported in 2017, compared with 102,052 in 2016, a drop of 5.4 percent. In 2017, there were 292 murders in New York City, compared with 335 the year prior. That’s in contrast to the 2,605 people killed in New York City in 1990.