Chicago’s violence has hogged the headlines for decades. The recent statistics, though, paints a slightly different picture: it fares better than the rest of the country in 2015 per 100,000 people.
This doesn’t mean you can already relax and lower your guard. The following crimes are still common:
Murder – Murder is a violent crime characterized by the intent to kill (premeditation). This feature makes it different from homicide, which is merely defined as the killing of another person. This can be considered excusable and justifiable such as in self-defense.
In Chicago, murder has gone up to more than 70 percent during the first quarter of 2016. In relation to this, shooting incidents also increased to 88 percent around the same period.
Burglary – Under the Illinois law, burglary is defined as entering and remaining willfully inside a property, including buildings and vehicles, without the owner’s consent and with the intention to commit theft. A burglary committed inside a residence is a class B felony.
Property crime in the city is one of the highest in the country. While the national median is 24.9, that of Chicago is 30.15, higher than the state’s average of 19.89. As simple as hiring a professional locksmith to secure your home is already a practical step.
Assault – In Chicago, assault and battery are interrelated, but they are not interchangeable. Needless to say, both share similar characteristics including the intent and infliction of bodily harm.
Per 1,000 residents, assaults have an average of 4.82, higher than murder, robbery, and rape, which are all violent crimes.
The Chicago Police are working relentlessly to reduce the crime rate in the city. In fact, according to the department’s January 1, 2016, press release, rates have fallen to around 37 percent since 2011 for most types of property and violent crimes.
Nevertheless, more needs to be done, and as a citizen, you can take a proactive approach.