The number of murders in Chicago from a year ago have increased 38%. As of June 17, 240 murders have occurred in Chicago in 2012, 66 more murders than during the same period in 2011. Other large cities, like New York and Los Angeles are either seeing their murder rates hold steady or decline. In addition, other crimes in Chicago are actually on the decline. Rapes, robberies, burglaries, and auto thefts have actually declined about 10 percent over a year ago. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel is making the rising murder rate a priority in his administration. He usually begins his day by reviewing reports about violence throughout the city overnight. Emmanuel attributes the rising murder rate to the prevalence of street gangs and the ready availability of guns. While the majority of the murders have occurred in the city's most gang infested neighborhoods, even some of the most affluent neighborhoods have been touched by the rising number of murders. Experts are not ready to make any conclusions regarding the cause of the rising murder rate. Some experts point to the city budget cuts which have left a shortfall in the number of police officers on the street. Others point to the unusually warm summer which could explain the rise in violence.
The warm hot summer has just begun and the streets of Chicago look like they will be particularly violent this summer.
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