Chicago Records Deadliest September Since Early 1990s, Police Data Show | Chicago News
With 89 homicides recorded, Chicago experienced its deadliest September in nearly 30 years, according to new data from the Chicago Police Department.
The number of shootings and homicides in 2021 continues to exceed 2020 rates, according to new crime data released by the CPD on Friday, as Chicago has now recorded 2,726 shootings and 616 homicides in the first nine months of the year. ‘year.
This homicide total is already higher than that recorded in Chicago throughout 2018 or 2019 and marks a 4% increase in the first nine months of 2020.
September’s 89 homicides are the highest total for that month since 1992, when there were 109 murders, according to police data. Since then, only two other September singles have topped 80 homicides (2020 and 1993).
The number of shootings in Chicago has also increased by more than 10% this year compared to last year, with 3,419 gunshot victims out of 2,726 incidents to date, according to police.
While overall crime is down 8% from 2020, the CPD said violent crime was up 3% since the start of the year.
Despite rising rates of violence, the CPD in a press release touted its work in resolving the murders, saying it had erased more than 270 homicides to date in 2021.
“The trauma of losing a loved one to violence is something no family should have to endure,” Police Commissioner David Brown said in a statement Friday. “We deeply understand how important it is to bring justice and closure to the victims and their families.”
The CPD said it had also doubled the size of the hijacking task force and recovered 9,351 illegal firearms so far this year, a “historic rate” which the department said is on the rise. 17% increase compared to 2020.
Brown is expected to speak to the media on Friday morning to announce a “new crime agenda.”
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