CPD: Crime down, cops taking guns off the streets - But they are targeting gang & drug areas...

CPD: Crime down, cops taking guns off the streets - But they are targeting gang & drug areas...

CPD: Crime down, cops taking guns off the streets

CHICAGO (STNG) -- There has been a consistent decline in the number of reported crimes in Chicago through 2009 and compared to last year, there's been an 11 percent decrease in murders and an 8 percent drop in total crime in May, police reported Monday.

According to preliminary crime statistics for the month, which were released Monday, overall crime dropped in 22 of the city's 25 police districts. There were fewer incidents of violent and property crimes in all categories except arson and criminal sexual assault, according to a release from the CPD. The sharpest reduction in crime was in the Wentworth (Area One) and Calumet (Area Two) areas.

According to the statistics, through the end of May, homicides were down 11.4 percent, aggravated assaults down 5 percent, aggravated batteries down 5 percent, theft down 9.6 percent and motor vehicle thefts down 21 percent. Arson was up 5.6 percent and criminal sexual assaults up 1.2 percent, according to the release.

"We will continue to deploy Targeted Response Units, Mobile Strike Forces and Gang Enforcement and Gang Intelligence Units to saturate neighborhoods most affected by gang and drug activity," Deputy Supt. Steve Peterson said in the release. "These crimes often have the most devastating consequences for the victim's families and can disrupt entire communities."

Additionally, according to the release, police have recovered 3,416 guns through May 2009, 440 more than the same period last year. The Narcotics Unit executed nearly 140 search warrants and made almost 220 arrests in May, confiscating drugs with an estimated street value of more than $52.6 million.

Numbers don't lie, but liars use numbers

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