Violent Crime Down
- Police say violent crime and burglaries are down, but motor vehicle thefts and arson are up in Chicago so far this year. Through the end of July, sexual assaults were down six-point-six percent from the same period a year ago. Aggravated assault is down four-point-two percent and burglaries are down three-and-a-half percent.
Meanwhile, motor vehicle thefts have jumped by four-and-a-half percent and arson is up by six-point-four percent.
Police say the number of homicides is about the same as last year.
Well, they aren't kidding about motor vehicle thefts. The numbers are up by quite a bit more than 4.5% in some districts. But why not be specific about the number of homicides? Has it suddenly hopped upwards?