Chicago violence: Shootings, homicides down from historic highs of past years, but overall crime still up, CPD data show

Chicago violence: Shootings, homicides down from historic highs of past years, but overall crime still up, CPD data show

CHICAGO (TOC) — There’s been a drop in violent crime throughout the town, based on Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.

Chicago police say there have been 67 murders in July, which they are saying is down 38% over final July. CPD additionally reported 981 carjackings up to now this 12 months. Greater than half the suspects arrested in these have been juveniles.

“Chicago has seen vital declines in each homicides and shootings for the fifth consecutive month,” Brown mentioned.

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Homicides have dropped 16% via July in comparison with the identical level final 12 months, and the variety of individuals shot has fallen 20%. The numbers although are nonetheless larger than 2019.

The continued drop in essentially the most critical violent crimes comes after police started flooding the town’s 15 most harmful communities with extra officers and different sources.

“We began out the 12 months with a continued decline in cops and we needed to prioritize what was actually necessary so far as an officer project was involved,” Brown mentioned.

Different crimes, corresponding to robberies, burglaries, thefts and carjackings have all risen considerably.

“Our younger individuals, our juveniles are driving the will increase in carjackings and juvenile courts are working in place so far as penalties for these younger individuals,” Brown mentioned.

Brown made his remarks on the South Facet YMCA, which is among the areas for Nationwide Night time Out going down Tuesday. The annual occasion works on constructing relationships with individuals locally and legislation enforcement.

“Proof exhibits that when there’s a YMCA in a neighborhood, charges of violence within the space are decrease than they’d be in any other case,” mentioned Dorri McWhorter, president and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.

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