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Rising crime takes center stage in New York mayoral race

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New York (AFP) – New York, which has long prided itself on being one of the world’s safest cities, is experiencing a surge in crime, with the topic becoming a central theme of a mayoral race set to be decided in June. Crime was endemic in the Big Apple in the 1970s and 1980s when America’s largest metropolis was gripped by a budgetary crisis, but it has been on a continuous downward trend since the mid-1990s. However, the picture has deteriorated drastically since last summer. What initially looked like a byproduct of the movement against police violence following George Floyd’s murder and soc…

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