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Homicide Rate Drops 18% in Chicago

January 02, 2014  | 

Photo: Paul Clinton
Photo: Paul Clinton

Homicides dropped 18 percent in Chicago last year and crime overall was down 16 percent, according to statistics released by the Chicago PD on Wednesday.

The decline in homicides was a more modest 5 percent when compared with 2011. The department reported 435 homicides in 2011, 503 in 2012, and 415 in 2013, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Shootings across the city dropped by 24 percent from 2012 and 16 percent from 2011, according to the department's numbers. Sexual assaults were down 6 percent from last year, robberies down 12 percent, serious battery down 16 percent, burglaries down 22 percent, motor vehicle thefts down 23 percent, thefts down 3 percent.

The reductions came at a price: Nearly $100 million in overtime pay, triple what was budgeted for 2013.

Comments (6)

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TheRookie @ 1/2/2014 5:22 PM

The Chicago Bosses have the cajones to report this when it's known about all of the shooting deaths this year in their City. One death less is an accomplishment, but don't sugar coat the facts. Talk about being in deep, deep denial.

Capt. Crunch @ 1/2/2014 5:59 PM

Chicago, no no they are just keeping the money and not doing as many reports. But thats ok as long as it is dirt bag against dirt bag.

Adam @ 1/2/2014 6:03 PM

Geee maybe its drops because law abiding citizens can now carry a concealed weapon and the dirt bags don't have free range over everyone in the city.

ed74 @ 1/3/2014 9:57 AM

Wrong Concealed carry only took effect on Jan 1, 14 and no permits have been issued yet so it has had no effect yet. Doubt it will in Chicago look who is doing the shooting and who the victs are. Most could not carry legally any way.

Brian @ 1/4/2014 11:10 AM

Or...... The stats could have been "modified" downward to support the Gun Control agenda! Wouldn't surprise me a bit!

Richard Hightower @ 1/7/2014 6:28 AM

It has been fairly well established that crime statistics follow the same "spikes" as the number of 17-21 year old males in any given population in the US. All LEO's will attest that that age/gender group account for a large portion of criminal activity. While it is not "proved" that one drives another, it is a common conincidence and therefore may be a factor.

It would be interesting to see if there has been a 18-percent drop in the number of 17-21 year old males in the Chicago population.

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