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Chicago gun violence decreased in August compared to 2018: police

The month experienced its lowest number of murders and shootings since 2011, police said.

Six homes were burglarized in December 2019 in Back of the Yards.
Chicago police said murders and shootings in the city were down Aug. 2019, compared to the same month last year.
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Murders and shootings reported last month in Chicago were down from Aug. 2018, according to data collected by Chicago police.

The 46 murders reported in August was a 23% decline from the same month last year, while the number of shootings decreased by 19%, Chicago police said in a news release on Sunday.

August experienced its lowest number of murders and shootings since 2011, police said.

So far in 2019, 329 murders were reported in Chicago — a 14% decline compared to the same period last year, police said. The number of shootings came in at 1425, showing a 12% decrease.

The Sun-Times has counted 331 homicides this year within city limits.

“There is no better city in the summer than Chicago,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said. “The warmer months can lead to conflicts, but CPD officers continue to work tirelessly to keep all of us safe. Now, no level of crime is ever acceptable, and we will continue to work to drive down crime throughout the city.”

Meanwhile, over 7,500 illegal guns were seized by officers in 2019, police said. This includes a raid at a home in Lawndale where 60 guns were recovered.

The department is on pace to seize more than 10,000 illegal guns this year, police said.

Other crimes — robberies, burglaries and vehicle thefts — were at a 20-year low, police said.

In addition, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson announced a new plan to track gun offenders, and all three Chicago Police Department detective areas now have nerve centers capable of processing surveillance video much faster than before.

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