BustedMugshots.com Reviews August 2012 Crime Statistics for Chicago, IL

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The latest BustedMugshots.com crime report details statistics relating to property and violent crime in Chicago through August 2012. Based on preliminary data crime is down for 2012, but murders have surged 30% over the same period in 2011.

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The BustedMugshots.com report reviews 2012 statistics relating to property and violent crime in Chicago. Compiled from the Chicago Police Department’s City Wide Crime Statistics report, these numbers are preliminary, however they do provide insight into general crime trends.

According to the Chicago Police Department’s Crime Statistics Report, the city experienced a 9% decrease in the number of total crimes reported through September 2, 2012. Large decreases in property crimes pushed overall crime numbers down while most violent crimes saw much smaller drops.

Crime decreased across most categories with motor vehicle thefts and burglaries showing the largest changes from 2011.

     •    Criminal Sexual Assault declined by 7% compared to the same period in 2011.
     •    Robbery was down 2%.
     •    Aggravated Battery declined 3%
     •    Burglary fell 14%
     •    Felony Theft declined 2%
     •    Motor Vehicle theft was down by 15%

Murder rate jumps in 2012

             •    Murders increased by 30% in 2012 with 84 more murders reported by September 2, 2012 than at the same time last year.
             •    Shooting incidents also increased but only by 10% in 2012. Although the jump in reported shooting may have contributed to the increased murder rate, increased shootings alone do not explain the rise in murders for 2012.

The increased murder rate has not gone unnoticed, and the blame for the increase in murders has ranged from the unseasonably hot weather to surging gang activity. The Chicago Police Department has undertaken a number of initiatives targeting gangs this year, but murders in 2012 continue to outpace 2011 levels.

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