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2010 Year-End Chicago Crime Statistics

Superintendent Jody P. Weis announced historic drops in crime for 2010 at a press conference held this afternoon at Chicago Police Headquarters. Amid preliminary statistics showing a 4.2 percent decrease in total crime in 2010, Superintendent Weis highlighted the record drop in homicides, which reached a level not seen since 1965.

The City’s homicide rate dropped by 5.4 percent at the end of December compared to the same time last year. A total of 435 murders in 2010 resulted in 25 fewer murders than 2009, and marked an outstanding low in the City’s last 45 years. In 1965, the City recorded 395 homicides, with the former closest record noted in 2007 at 446 homicides.

Violent index offenses declined across the board in 2010, dropping overall by 10.1 percent and more than 3,400 fewer incidents. Aggravated assaults and robberies showed 12.5 and 11.2 percent decreases, respectively. Criminal sexual assaults and aggravated batteries additionally realized declines at 9.1 percent and 7.5 percent compared to same period last year.

Property crime showed a similar downward trend, closing out 2010 with a 2.6 percent drop that was supported by decreases in nearly every category of property index offenses. Motor Vehicle theft was the only property crime to increase, up by 22.4 percent compared to 2009.

Intelligence-based initiatives were at the forefront this year, with the creation of the Predictive Analytics Group. Superintendent Weis maintained that it is the ability to strategically place officers in identified hotspots based on intelligence that has assisted in the ability to stave off violence.

Youth violence remained a priority in 2010 for the Chicago Police Department. The Department’s efforts were driven by strengthened partnerships with Chicago Public Schools and community members. Increased communication between district commanders and school principals was credited for identifying and quelling brewing conflicts before violence erupts.

In 2010, Chicago Police sought to develop relationships with residents through programs and activities that encouraged positive interactions between police officers and community members, especially young people. Emphasis was placed on high-quality communication to encourage strong, open exchanges with significant implications for crime reduction.

According to preliminary statistics through the end of December 2010:

Violent Index Crime is down 10.1 percent
Homicide – down 5.4 percent
Criminal Sexual Assault – down 9.1 percent
Robbery – down 11.2 percent
Aggravated Assault – down 12.5 percent
Aggravated Battery – down 7.5 percent

Property Index Crime is down 2.6 percent
Burglary – down 2.9 percent
Theft – down 7.2 percent
Motor Vehicle Theft – up 22.4 percent
Arson – down 14.5 percent