Supt. Weis: Crime down in Chicago

FILE PHOTO: Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis speaks with members of the Chicago City Council police and fire committee to address concerns about the city's crime rate, Tuesday, July 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

August 9, 2010 3:34:04 PM PDT
Chicago police say new statistics for July show an overall drop in crime in the city.

Homicide is down one and a half percent. Aggravated assault is down 11-percent, robbery is down 14.1 percent and criminal sexual assault is down 9.2 percent.

"The public perception is that violence for the city of Chicago has increased to unprecedented levels. This is simply untrue. However, we fully understand that numbers and statistics mean nothing if you or someone you know or someone you love has been a victim of violence," said Supt. Jody Weis, Chicago Police Dept.

One category did see an increase: the department reported motor vehicle thefts went up 20.4 percent.

Police Superintendent Jody Weis today urged residents who have any information about crimes to come forward