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Cold Weather In NYC Coincides With Murder-Less Week (PHOTOS)

Nyc Cold Weather Homicides

First Posted: 01/25/13 EST Updated: 01/25/13 EST

At a time of bone chilling cold, New York City has gone a full seven days -- from Wednesday to Wednesday -- without a homicide, a statistical anomaly that has helped to pull this year's early killing rate to below where it was during the record-setting 2012.

From Jan. 16 through Jan. 23, the city tallied no homicides, according to NYPD statistics. That remained the case through late Thursday. The last time the city saw a seven-day stretch without a killing was immediately after superstorm Sandy.

NYPD officials are not getting excited about the latest trend, which has homicides 25 percent down from the same period a year ago, because they prefer to look at crime statistics in three-month increments, said spokesman Paul Browne.

"A week is certainly too short a period for any pattern," Browne said. "We have to look over periods of months."

But retired NYPD Det. Sgt. Joseph Giacalone, who is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, chalks up the absence of bloodshed in part to the frigid weather.

"The best cop I met was a female and her name was Mother Nature," quipped Giacalone. "The bad weather, the cold weather -- there are less people out on the streets so there is less chance of victimization."

Since Jan. 16, despite a warm weekend, low temperatures have been at or below freezing most days in the city, the National Weather Service said.

Giacalone also thinks better emergency medical treatment in hospitals has helped to keep shooting victims, of which there are nearly 25 percent more this year, from dying of their wounds.

So far in 2013 through Wednesday the city recorded 18 homicides, compared with 25 in 2012, a drop of 25 percent, police said. Last year recorded 418 homicides, the lowest level since John F. Kennedy ran for president in 1960, Commissioner Ray Kelly said recently.

Asked if weather is a major factor in the homicide drop, Browne answered: "Most homicides are outside, so maybe." ___

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  • A woman pauses to take a photograph of the frozen fountain in New York's Bryant Park, in mid-town Manhattan, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. A cold wave with sub-zero temperatures is expected to keep its icy grip on much of the eastern U.S. into the weekend before seasonable temperatures bring relief. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • The frozen fountain in New York's Bryant Park, in mid-town Manhattan, is the center of attention Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. A cold wave with sub-zero temperatures is expected to keep its icy grip on much of the eastern U.S. into the weekend before seasonable temperatures bring relief. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

  • A woman pauses to take a photo of the frozen fountain in New York's Bryant Park, in mid-town Manhattan, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. A teeth-chattering cold wave with sub-zero temperatures was expected to keep its icy grip on much of the eastern U.S. into the weekend before seasonable temperatures bring relief. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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    People walk on East 42nd Street in Manhattan in the early morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the US northeast. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man walks on East 42nd Street in Manhattan in the early morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the US northeast. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman crosses Third Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the early morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the US northeast. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Visiting firefighter Mike Smith, of the Richmond, Mass., Fire Department, makes a "welfare check" on local resident Debbie Krieger, who has been living in a trailer while her Superstorm Sandy-damaged house is rebuilt, on an bitter cold night when temperatures were expected to dip into the single digits in New York, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Smith, who is on his eighth trip volunteering with the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, handed out donated blankets and space heaters to those who needed them. Kreiger accepted a blanket. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Mike Smith, right, a volunteer from the Richmond, Mass., Fire Department, joins Mike Zwosta, left, of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department on a "welfare check" of a Gerritsen Beach resident who was hard hit during Superstorm Sandy on an ultra-cold night in New York, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The firefighters had space heaters and blankets, items that had been donated to the fire department, if residents asked for them. This was the fourth consecutive night the volunteers have gone door-to-door in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Mike Smith, left, a volunteer from the Richmond, Mass., Fire Department, joins Mike Zwosta, center, of the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department on a "welfare check" of Gerritsen Beach residents who were hard hit during Superstorm Sandy on an ultra-cold night when temperatures were expected to dip into the single digits with sub-zero wind chills in New York, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The firefighters were checking to see if residents needed portable radiators, or blankets, items which had been donated to the fire department. This was the fourth night the volunteers have gone door-to-door in the neighborhood. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department representatives check on local resident Debbie Krieger, who has been living in a trailer while her Superstorm Sandy-damaged house is being rebuilt, on an bitter cold night when temperatures were expected to dip into the single digits in New York, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Visiting firefighter Mike Smith, of the Richmond, Mass., Fire Department, second from right joined the group. The firefighters had donated blankets and space heaters available for those who needed them. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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    A woman crosses Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the early morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the northeast. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man walks past a steam vent on Madison Avenue in Manhattan in the early morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the US northeast. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People walk past a steam vent on Madison Avenue in Manhattan in the early morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the US northeast. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A person bundled against the cold in Manhattan January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the northeast. From the midwest to the East coast freezing temperatures have be responsible for several deaths. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman with furry boots hails a taxi on Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side in Manhattan in the early morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the USnortheast. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People's frozen breath can be seen in the early morning as they walk on the Upper East Side of Manhattan January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the northeast. From the midwest to the East coast freezing temperatures have be responsible for several deaths. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A man bundled up against the cold walks in Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    A man walks across Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on an extremely cold morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the northeast. From the midwest to the East coast freezing temperatures have be responsible for several deaths. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man reads his phone as he walks on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on an extremely frigid morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the northeast. From the midwest to the East coast freezing temperatures have be responsible for several deaths. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • US-WEATHER-COLD

    People's frozen breath can be seen in the early morning as they walk on the Upper East Side of Manhattan January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the northeast. From the midwest to the East coast freezing temperatures have be responsible for several deaths. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    people, bundled for the cold, walk on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on a frigid morning, January 24, 2013 in New York. From the midwest to the East coast freezing temperatures have be responsible for several deaths. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man on a bicycle crosses Lexington Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in the early morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the US northeast. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: People bundled up against the cold walk through the High Line park in Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: People bundled up against the cold walk through the High Line park in Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A woman bundled up against the cold walks through the High Line park in Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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    Skaters brave the cold temperatures at Rockefeller Center January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the US northeast. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: People bundled up against the cold stand on a sidewalk in Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: People bundled up against the cold walk through the High Line park in Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: People bundled up against the cold walk through the High Line park in Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A woman bundled up against the cold walk through the High Line park in Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US-WEATHER-NY-COLD

    People cross Third Avenue on the Upper East Side in Manhattan in the early morning January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the US northeast. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: People bundled up against the cold walk through the High Line park in Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

  • US-WEATHER-COLD

    Skaters brave the cold temperatures at Rockefeller Center January 24, 2013 in New York as cold continues to grip the US northeast. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A pedestrian bundled up against the cold walks through the streets of Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A pedestrian bundled up against the cold walks through the streets of Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A pedestrian bundled up against the cold walks through the streets of Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: A pedestrian bundled up against the cold walks through the streets of Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • Frigid Temperatures Blast Northeastern U.S.

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Pedestrians bundled up against the cold walk through the streets of Manhattan on January 24, 2013 in New York City. Polar air settled in over the northwest U.S. Wednesday, with temperatures in the teens and twenties. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

  • A woman crosses Wall Street between amid the steam, in New York's Financial District, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. A cold wave with sub-zero temperatures was expected to keep its icy grip on much of the eastern U.S. into the weekend before seasonable temperatures bring relief. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)