Chicago Crime Down Overall: Police

Total crime in the city fell 5.9 percent compared to the numbers through May 2010, according to police statistics

By Snow Anderson
|  Monday, Jun 6, 2011  |  Updated 7:31 AM CDT
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Chicago residents can breathe a little easier after seeing the latest crime figures. Overall and violent crime in Chicago was down for the 29th consecutive month, according to preliminary monthly crime statistics for the month of May.

Total crime in the city fell 5.9 percent compared to the numbers through May 2010, according to a police press release.

"Putting cops on the street and giving them the needed resources is central to our mission moving forward," Acting Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement.

The most impressive drop in May’s crime statistics was homicide. Murder rates in the city fell by 16.3 percent. There were 27 fewer homicides this year than the same period in 2010, police said. More than half of the Chicago’s 25 police districts reported decreases in their homicide numbers.

Every category of violent crime decreased, led by a 16.1 percent decline in the number of aggravated batteries. Aggravated assault was down 15.6 percent and robbery declined 4.4 percent. Criminal sexual assault also decreased 2.4 percent.

While property crime overall was down 4.8 percent, there were increases in two areas:  motor vehicle theft and arson. Motor vehicle theft was up 16.6 percent, and arson rose 11.1 percent.

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