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Chicago Police Release Preliminary November Crime Statistics

Total Crime Down for 23rd Consecutive Month, Along with Violent, Property Offenses

Today Superintendent Jody P. Weis discussed preliminary crime statistics for the month of November during a press conference at Chicago Police Headquarters. Total crime was down Citywide by 3.8 percent, supported by a nearly 10 percent decline in overall violent crime and more than 2 percent dip in property offenses. The crime drops through the end of November marked the 23rd consecutive month of lower overall crime in the City.

Twelve fewer murders through the end of November realized a 2.8 percent drop that maintained a pace for closing the year with fewer incidents than were reported in years with historically low murder totals, including 2007 – the lowest in the City since 1965. The number of murders committed with a firearm dropped by 4.6 percent compared to last year during the same time. Through the end of November, Chicago Police seized more than 7,400 guns off of the street.

“Every day Chicago Police officers face incredible risks to defeat the opportunity for even one person to be a victim of a crime in the City,” said Superintendent Jody P. Weis. “We are pleased with fewer incidents of crime that have been reported throughout the year, yet realize there is more work to be done, and that we must have the community as a partner to have a greater effect” he added.

Superintendent Weis also praised the courageous community members who stepped forward in the Officer Flisk homicide investigation. “I have said it many times, and some brave community members recently reaffirmed it—an allegiance between the community and law enforcement is more powerful than any criminal entity out there,” Superintendent Jody P. Weis stated. “I see a crack in the code of silence…now let’s shatter it,” he added.

Violent index crimes were down across the board in all categories, including drops in aggravated assaults at nearly 12 percent, robberies at 11 percent, and aggravated batteries at just over 7 percent. Incidents of criminal sexual assaults declined by 8.5 percent through the end of November, with Chicago Police making notable arrests during the month highlighting aggressive investigation of these crimes.

Property crimes also showed downward trends through the end of November, with slightly more than a 2 percent drop in index offenses overall compared to last year during the same time. Motor vehicle theft incidents increased by 22.6 percent, and every other property offense decreased, including drops in arson at 12.7 percent, theft at 6.8 percent, and burglary at 2 percent.

Violent Index Crime is down 9.8 percent
    ·Homicide – down 2.8 percent
    ·Criminal Sexual Assault – down 8.5 percent
    ·Robbery – down 11 percent
    ·Aggravated Assault – down 11.9 percent
    ·Aggravated Battery – down 7.1 percent

Property Index Crime is down 2.2 percent
    ·Burglary – down 2 percent
    ·Theft – down 6.8 percent
    ·Motor Vehicle Theft – up 22.6 percent
    ·Arson – down 12.7 percent