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Weis Says Crime Is Down; Some Other Cops Doubtful

Police Supt. Jody Weis

Police Supt. Jody Weis discusses crime statistics for November 2010. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Police Supt. Jody Weis says crime in Chicago was down in November and has been dropping consistently for almost two years, but some police officers say people are not feeling safer.

Weis said Sunday that in November, total crime was down by 3.8 percent citywide compared with the same time last year.

This was supported by a nearly 10 percent decline in overall violent crime and more than 2 percent dip in property offenses, according to a release from police News Affairs.

Motor vehicle thefts, however, have skyrocketed compared with last year. They are up 22.6 percent.

But Weis said he was pleased with the latest numbers.

“When the police and the community function as one, we will not fail. I’ve said it many times, and some brave community member reaffirmed it,” Weis said Sunday. “An allegiance between the community and law enforcement is more powerful than any criminal enterprise out there.”

But the anonymous Chicago Police officer behind the Second City Cop blog says the perception is that crime is way up.

The blog said the average Chicagoan uses “words like ‘war zone,’ ‘out-of-control,’ ‘shooting all night,’ and our personal favorite – ‘no polices around.’