THE BRONX - Bronx residents are seeing a spike in crime as police forces continue to dwindle.

According to new NYPD crime statistics, murder is up 15 percent in the Bronx since 2009. Officers at the 40th precinct say they've seen the biggest increase in crime compared to other neighborhoods with 17 shootings this year, compared to five last year.

Residents say they're afraid the crime rate will continue to rise due to recent city budget cuts. The NYPD has had to take 6,000 officers off the streets since 2001, and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the department is projected to go down another 2,000.