Murders and shootings in Chicago fell again in August, but carjackings and CTA crimes remained higher than last year

Murders and shootings continued their overall decline in Chicago in August, though carjackings and crime on the CTA remain stubbornly higher than last year.

At least 66 people were murdered in the city last month, up from 80 a year ago. And at least 384 people were shot, compared to 475 last August, according to data released Thursday by the Chicago Police Department.

Overall, murders are down about 16% this year and the number of people shot is down about 19.5%, levels similar to what they were in July, according to the latest data. Contrary to the trend, the two police districts that cover downtown Chicago.

There have been at least 72 shootings in those districts this year, up from 56 this time a year ago, an increase of about 77%, according to the latest police data. There were 18 homicides, double from last year.

Two other districts, Deering on the southwest side and Albany Park on the northwest side, have also seen more shootings and homicides this year. In total, eight of the city’s 22 police districts saw an increase in homicides and seven saw an increase in shootings, the data showed.

Despite the general decline in shootings and homicides, each police district saw an increase in overall crime. This includes sexual assault, robbery, aggravated battery, burglary, robbery and motor vehicle theft, according to the data.

The lowest increase in overall crime was 6% in the 5th Police District, where the neighborhoods of Roseland, Pullman and Riverdale have long suffered from high crime rates. The biggest increase was 94% in the 1st arrondissement, which mainly covers the Loop.

The Loop has been the scene of several attacks on CTA trains and stations this summer. Police data shows CTA crime is up 40% from the same time last year, a trend that has prompted the transit agency to hire more unarmed guards and deploy guards. canine units throughout the system. The police department also deployed more officers.

Carjackings are also up this year, but not as sharply. There have been at least 1,146 carjackings this year compared to 1,072 during the same period last year, an increase of 6%. More than half of those arrested for carjacking this year are minors.

A day before the latest data was released, police announced the arrest of a 17-year-old for 11 carjackings, including nine in one day.

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