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Chicago Police stats show decline in violent crime

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Statistics released by the Chicago police department show that violent crime in the city is down this year in most categories.Overall, violent crime decreased three percent through the end of September.

That includes an 8.4 percent reduction in criminal sexual assault and a 4.9 percent decline in aggravated battery.

Only the murder rate is up slightly -- point-three percent -- compared to last year.

Car theft was also up by 3.1 percent.

Chicago police credit their crime-fighting strategies such as dismantling drug markets for the declines.

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