The number of murders in Chicago are declining. The murder rate declined by 11 percent through the first nine months of 2009 compared to the same period last year. Through September of 2009, there were a total of 348 murders compared to 393 for the same period last year. Through September 15, 2009, the number of murders of youths between the ages of 6 and 18 declined by 14.5 percent compared to last year. Throughout the year, the figures being released by law enforcement officials have been showing a decline in the violent crime rate and the murder rate. The current numbers suggest that this is a sustained drop. This follows a 2008 that showed that the murder rate and the rate of violent crimes had been increasing. This was discussed in our post on January 16, 2009.
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