Police: Crime Down For 29th Month In A Row

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police say overall crime in Chicago was down for the 29th consecutive month in May.

A report issued Sunday said overall crime was down 5.9 percent for the year through the end of May, compared with the period of January through May 2010.

Violent crime was down 10.2 percent in the first five months of the year, while property crime dropped 4.8 percent, police said.

In particular, homicides dropped precipitously, by 16.3 percent, police said. Through May of this year, there have been 27 fewer homicides than during the same period last year.

All other categories of violent crime were also down, police said. Aggravated batteries dropped 16.1 percent, aggravated assaults dropped 15.6 percent, robberies dropped 4.4 percent, and criminal sexual assaults dropped 2.4 percent.

But not all the news is good. There are two categories of crime that are up, both of them under the property crime index. Motor vehicle thefts are up a staggering 16.6 percent compared with the same period last year, while arsons are up 11.1 percent.

But burglaries are down 1.8 percent, and thefts are down significantly, by 16.6 percent.

In a news release, Acting Police Supt. Garry McCarthy credited the drop in crime to the changes he has already made in the deployment of officers – specifically putting them back on the street.

“Putting cops on the street and giving them the needed resources is central to our mission moving forward,” McCarthy said in the release. “Patrol is the backbone of the department; working hard to strengthen community partnerships through patrol will help to keep these crime statistics going in the right direction, allowing residents to feel safe in their communities.”

Former police Supt. Jody Weis had favored assigning officers to specialized units, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans upon his inauguration to reassign 500 police officers from specialized units to beats in heavy-crime neighborhoods. McCarthy has already been going about enacting that plan.

  • tom sharp

    Let’s have a raise of hands to see who believes this one! Oh, the “flash gangs” don’t count.

  • Mr. Justice

    Not me. I think someone is “cooking the books”.

  • What!?!

    When I first saw this headline, I thought that the report was for crime stats in Utah or something, not here. I don’t believe it. If anything, the only reason why homicides are down in Chicago this year is because the punks can not accurately hit and kill the people that they aim at. I think that the report is a lie.

  • Never Again

    Are you kidding me? Where? Maybe in Daley’s neighborhood.


    With Cabrini Green and the other welfare cess pools gone,the 2010 census showed the flight to the suburbs for free and section 8 housing. Population loss is about the percentage same as this crime drop so it’s only relocated to the suburbs,look up their crime increases.Seeing as how Chicago is going crime free,maybe Richie and Rahm will give up their body guards so they can feel as safe as the common folk do.

  • MyAimIsTrue

    Nobody’s buying it! The rank and file of the CPD included.

  • g-man

    The flash mob crimes don’t count because that was heat related !!!! Chicago has it’s own way of figuring crimes stats which is why the FBI will not even look at Chicago’s reports on crime because they know it is all lies

  • nizzer

    Now what silly dumb ass is going to believe this HAPPY HORSE S@#T. I’ll bet the person reporting this to the media was thinking “If they believe this B@#LS#@T, they’ll believe anything, including the TOOTH FAIRY.

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