Violent crime is down as of the end of June, but three areas of property crime have increased as compared with last June, police said preliminary statistics suggest.
The numbers also show that for the 30th consecutive month, violent crime and overall crime has decreased, according to a release from police News Affairs.
Murders are down 14.4 percent, and through the end of June, there have been 31 fewer homicides this year than the same time frame last year, according to the release.
The broader violent crime statistics showed across the board decreases in every category of violent crime. Aggravated batteries -- which include shootings -- dropped by 14.2 percent, while aggravated assault and robbery declined by 13.6 and 3.9 percent, respectively. Criminal sexual assaults were down slightly, by 1.7 percent.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in the release that these decreases in violent crime are an encouraging start to what is traditionally a busy time of year for police.
"The summer months can present unique challenges for the Department," McCarthy said in the release. "The hard-working men and women of the Chicago Police Department have done a tremendous job responding to those challenges, and these numbers are a testament to their dedication."
While property crime overall was down 2.9 percent, there were increases in three categories of property crime. Burglary and arson increased by 0.2 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively while motor vehicle theft was up 17.4 percent, according to the release.
Incidents of theft dropped by 8.8 percent and property crime overall continued its downward trend of recent months.
Chicago Police continue to work aggressively to combat these increases in property crime categories, particularly motor vehicle theft, the release said.
Within the last month, police shut down two "chop shops" operating on the West Side. In early June, officers executed a search warrant on a West Side warehouse that led to the recovery of two confirmed stolen vehicles as well as 29 additional vehicles in various stages of dismantling, the release said.
Working with members of the Northeast Metro Auto Theft Task Force and other agencies, two suspects were arrested and charged in connection with the search warrant, the release said.
Earlier this week police concluded a four-month investigation dubbed Operation "Pay Back" in which four suspects were charged for their role in an active auto theft ring operating citywide, the release said.
The following statistics are through the end of June:
- Violent Index Crime is down 8.9 percent
- Homicide – down 14.4 percent
- Criminal Sexual Assault – down 1.7 percent
- Robbery – down 3.9 percent
- Aggravated Assault – down 13.6 percent
- Aggravated Battery – down 14.2 percent
- Property Index Crime is down 2.9 percent
- Theft – down 8.8 percent
- Burglary – up 0.2 percent
- Motor Vehicle Theft – up 17.4 percent
- Arson – up 0.4 percent
Overall crime was down 4.2 percent compared to crime numbers through June of 2010.