Chicago's crime rate continued to decline in April. This decline marks the 28th consecutive monthly decline, according to the Chicago Police Department. Last year's murder rate was the lowest in Chicago since 1965. The current figures released by the Chicago Police Department indicate that the murder rate in 2011 may be even lower than last year. There have been 17 fewer murders so far this year than during the same period of time in 2010. This represents a decline of 14.2 percent from 2010. In addition, Aggravated Batteries were down 17.8 percent, Aggravated Assaults declined by about the same percentage and Robberies and Sexual Assaults also decreased sharply. All property crimes were lower, except for vehicle thefts which actually increased by 20 percent.
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