The overall crime rate in the City of Chicago dropped for the 25th consecutive month. Compared to January of 2010 the overall crime rate decreased by 10.6%. In 2010, the city had the fewest number of murders since 1965. However, the number of murders in January of 2011 were more than in January of 2010. In January of 2010 there were 22 murders and in January of 2011 there were 28 murders. Every other category of violent crime decreased by double digits. Ciminal Sexual Assaults decreased 13 percent, Aggravated Assaults dropped 11.3%, Aggravated Batteries dropped 10.1%, and Robberies dropped 10.4%. Every category of property crimes, except car thefts, also had a substantial drop. Car thefts were actually up by 21.8%. General theft dropped 20.7%, Burglary dropped 6% and Arsons dropped 4.7%.
Chicago Police Superintendent, Jody Weis indicated that police will continue to focus and guns and gangs saying that the majority violent crimes are caused by illegal guns.
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