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Chicago Police Numbers Show Crime Is Down From Last Year

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago police department is out with its latest crime statistics, showing a significant drop.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says he is frustrated the whole story isn’t being told of a significant drop in crime in the latest figures released by his department.

The numbers show for the first two-thirds of 2013, from January to now, shootings dropped 22 percent, murders were down 23 percent and overall crime is down 15 percent compared with the same period last year. There were 47 fewer shootings in August of this year compared to last, and six fewer murders.
McCarthy said last week there has been great progress.

“We’ve got the lowest murder rate in the city since 1965.,” said McCarthy.

Still, McCarthy acknowledges there is work to be done.

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