NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that crime across the city is down by 33 percent, putting it on pace to break records for a new historic low.

The mayor gave his mid-year crime update in a weekly radio address Sunday, attributing the drop to smart policing, tough gun laws and heroic work by the men and women of the NYPD.

Bloomberg also reported that murders and shootings are down by 29 percent across the five boroughs.

Brooklyn was touted for having fewer than 150 homicides for the first time since the early 1960s, with a total of 71 in the first half of 2013.