Crime Down Again
We would be remiss if we didn't mention this little bit of info:
- Crime statistics released by police Friday show a decrease in overall crimes in Chicago -- including a murder rate that could be the lowest in more than 20 years.
- From Jan. 1 through Nov. 30, statistics showed a 4 percent decrease in overall crime, according to a release from Chicago police.
- Violent crime fell 2.2 percent and property crime fell 4.5 percent, but murders have shown what police are calling a "significant decrease," dropping 6.6 percent compared to the same time period in 2006.
Imagine how much crime would have dropped if we weren't operating two, three or more beat cars down per district per day. Or how many more crimes would have been prevented if we had a Detective Division that was up to strength and could actually devote resources to solving crimes instead of moving the "x" and putting the repeat offenders behind bars. Or if we had prosecutors who were more willing to go for the felony conviction and remove thugs from the streets for tens of years instead of a few months.