Â New York last year was the fourth-safest state in the nation, one notch better than in 2006, according to new FBI figures.
The Empire State had fewer major crimes per capita than any state except South Dakota, New Hampshire and North Dakota, according to the new figures.
The major crimes the index is based on are murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor-vehicle theft.
“These statistics are a tribute to the law-enforcement community of New York, and the phenomenal job they do every day to make New York an even safer, even better place to raise our families and operate our businesses,” said Denise O’Donnell, head of the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Crime has gone down in the state for 17 years in a row in New York.Â The drop from 2006 to 2007 was 4 percent. Murders went down 13 percent, as did motor-vehicle thefts.