Chicago police: Crime rates fell in May

June 6, 2010 9:12:54 PM PDT
Overall crime rates in Chicago fell again in May, making it the 17th straight month of decline, according to Chicago police.

Police Supt. Jody Weis says all crime is down 6 percent so far this year, with violent crime dropping 11 percent and property crime down 4 percent. Weis is especially pleased with a drop in violence affecting public school students.

In May 2009, 44 students were shot. That was cut in half to 22 students in May 2010.

"We're trying to make the best use of police we can. What we believe in doing is putting them in locations where there's been predictive analytics performed that would indicate the probability of violent crime," Weis said.

The picture is not all positive. Homicides this year are up nearly 4 percent.


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