Supt. Garry McCarthy on July crime numbers down

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The Chicago Police Department released its crime statistics for July, and they say the city is safer than last year.

Shootings are down 23% this year, compared to this time last year.

Murders are down 25%, and overall crime is down 15%.

Police officials say there have been fewer murders in Chicago this year, than any year since 1965.

They say there were 57 fewer shootings in July 2013 than July of last year, 59 fewer than in July 2011.

There were also two fewer murders compared to last July, and eight fewer than in July 2011.

The police department reports that it  recovered 608 illegal guns in the past month.

That brings this year’s total to 4,128 illegal guns.

“While there have been significantly fewer shootings and murders this year, no amount of violence is acceptable and there’s clearly more work to be done,” said Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, in a statement.  “We will continue working in partnership with the communities we serve because one victim of violence is one too many, and no one will rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety.”

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