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Chicago sees lowest number of murders since 1963

Chicago closed the first seven months of the year with the lowest number of murders since 1963.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is presenting the newest statistics to a joint hearing of city council and public safety committees this morning and afternoon.

Compared to 2013, a year that saw historic lows in crime and violence, in the first seven months of 2014 murders were down 7 percent.

Overall crime was down 14 percent.

However, shooting incidents were up 6 percent and there were 10 percent more non-fatal shooting victims.

For the first seven months of 2014 there were 17 fewer murders than in the same period of 2013, and 92 fewer than 2012.

Appearing on the WGN Morning News, Superintendent Garry McCarthy said perception lags behind reality where crime is concerned.

He said residents of a neighborhood that has experienced violence for a long time may not feel more safe, even though violence has lessened recently.

McCarthy also said crime gets much more media coverage these days and his department may need to do a better job of communicating progress that’s being made to address crime.

During his time in front of Aldermen this morning, McCarthy told them that additional officers are not the answer to reducing crime. He told them the city has an adequate number of cops, and what they’re doing is more important than how many of them there are.

 

 

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