Chicago August crime stats: Murders down, shootings up

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Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy addressed the department’s crime statistics for the month of August, saying there is some promising news but that officers will continue to work with the community to bring those numbers down.

Murders are down seven percent, compared to this time last year.

Overall crime is down 14 percent.

But shootings actually went up five percent, and the number of shooting victims is up six percent.

“The robbery rate and overall crime rate coming down at the same time are indicators that everything is going in the right direction,” said McCarthy.  “There’s a couple of pockets where we’re struggling with the shooting rate.  We’re changing up our strategies in those locations and going after them in a different way than we have before and my expectation is that over the long haul we’re going to continue to get those numbers moving in the right direction.”

“There were 68 more shooting incidents in the first eight months of 2014 than in the first eight months of 2013, and 308 fewer shooting incidents than in the first eight months of 2012,” according to police officials.

The Police Department says Chicago has the fewest murders to date of any year since 1963.

2014 has 21 fewer murders compared to 2013 and 101 fewer murders compared to 2012.


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