January Murders at 9-Year Low in Chicago; Robberies and Burglaries at Lowest for January in 20 Years

Chicago police said crime was down big time last month, with only 20 murders in January, the lowest total for the month since 2010.

It’s a huge reduction from 2016, when there were 53 murders in January, as violent crime in Chicago spiked that year, ending with more than 700 murders for the first time in 20 years. Murders have dropped every January since then.

It’s not just murders that saw a significant drop in January. Police said there were 100 shootings in January, the lowest for that month in the past five years. Robberies and burglaries also were the lowest for January in 20 years.

“It’s not cause for celebration, but of course it’s progress,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said.

The superintendent said three factors helped achieve those results: hiring more officers, implementing new crime-fighting technology, and improving community relations.

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