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City Council Progressive Caucus Wants Hearing On Crime Stats

Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), a member of the council’s Progressive Caucus, wants a closer look at the numbers, and he and six members of the caucus have asked Ald. James Balcer (11th), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, to hold hearings into the city’s crime statistics.


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Police Bicycle Patrols Cutting Crime In Neighborhoods

Bicycles aren’t just a fun way to get around this time of year, they’re also an effective crime-fighting tool, according to Chicago police.


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Police: Crime Down 15 Percent, Murders Down 25 Percent This Year

The drop translates to 79 fewer murders so far this year, compared to the same time period last year, police said. The number of murders through July is the lowest for any year since 1965.


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McCarthy: Overall Crime Rate Dropping In Chicago

The numbers are in, and overall crime is dropping in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–12/17/2012

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy (Credit: Regine Schlesinger)

Despite Weekend Violence, Top Cop Says Police Making Progress Fighting Crime

Chicago’s police superintendent says his department is making a significant dent in the city’s crime rate.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses his decision to consolidate Chicago Police district stations and detective divisions, a move that will reduce the number of district stations from 25 to 22 by the fall. The number of detective divisions has been cut from five to three. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel: Long-Term Strategies Needed To Lower Spiking Crime

Facing a setback in efforts to reduce gun violence and make Chicago a safer place to live, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday that police are focusing on long-term strategies to target street gangs.

CBS Chicago–04/12/2012

A Chicago traffic scene. (CBS)

Auto Thefts Surge In Chicago

The good news: Many Chicago crime rates have dropped. The bad news: Auto theft has spiked. CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman talks to a victim.


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Murders And Car Theft Up, Overall Crime Down For January

Though murders have increased 27.3 percent compared to last January, there was a “double-digit’’ drop in overall crime last month, police said.