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Murder Stats Say Drugs Really Will Kill You

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If you had any doubt that drugs are dangerous, the Daily News wants you to think again: The paper crunched some crime statistic numbers and found that drugs were a factor in more than half of the city’s slayings, and the exclusive motive in 12 percent of New York homicides.

More fun murder stats — and some tips on not getting killed — after the jump.

  • 49 percent of all murder victims are involved with drug use and/or drug sales
  • 53 percent of all murder suspects are involved with drug use and/or drug sales
  • 67 percent of murder victims are black
  • 25 percent of murder victims are Hispanic
  • 4 percent of murder victims are white
  • 65 percent of killings occur outdoors
  • 10 percent of murder suspects are women
  • 77 percent of murder victims knew their killers
  • The deadliest day of the week is Saturday
  • The safest day of the week is Tuesday
  • The deadliest time of day is between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.
  • The deadliest weapon is not a candlestick or lead pipe: 62 percent of the city’s murders were shootings
  • The deadliest precinct is Brooklyn’s 75th, which covers East New York (and includes Cypress Hills, Starrett City, and City Line)

The city has seen a rise in murders this year. The News reports 476 murders through this week, compared to 470 for all of 2009. But while murders and other violent felonies are up compared to last year, it’s worth noting that the numbers are still a far, far cry from the early ’90s, when New York saw as many as 2,245 killings in a single year.

[shernandez@villagevoice.com]

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