Chicago shootings, homicides down from historic highs of past years, but overall crime still up

Chicago shooting numbers have fallen as police flooded certain neighborhoods

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Monday, August 1, 2022
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Chicago shootings and homicides are down from historic highs of past years, but overall crime is still up, according to CPD Supt. David Brown.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- There's been a drop in violent crime across the city, according to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown.

Chicago police say there were 67 murders in July, which they say is down 38% over last July. CPD also reported 981 carjackings so far this year. More than half the suspects arrested in those have been juveniles.

"Chicago has seen significant declines in both homicides and shootings for the fifth consecutive month," Brown said.

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Homicides have dropped 16% through July compared to the same point last year, and the number of people shot has fallen 20%. The numbers though are still higher than 2019.

The continued drop in the most serious violent crimes comes after police began flooding the city's 15 most dangerous communities with more officers and other resources.

"We started out the year with a continued decline in police officers and we had to prioritize what was really important as far as an officer assignment was concerned," Brown said.

Other crimes, such as robberies, burglaries, thefts and carjackings have all risen significantly.

"Our young people, our juveniles are driving the increases in carjackings and juvenile courts are running in place as far as consequences for these young people," Brown said.

Brown made his remarks at the South Side YMCA, which is one of the locations for National Night Out taking place Tuesday. The annual event works on building relationships with people in the community and law enforcement.

"Evidence shows that when there is a YMCA in a community, rates of violence in the area are lower than they would be otherwise," said Dorri McWhorter, president and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago.