According to Chief Communications Officer at the Chicago Police Department (CPD), crime rates have been going down, compared to the same period last year. According to the CPD newly released stats, murders declined 40 percent in February 2019, while four city districts had no murders during January and February: 016 (Jefferson Park), 018 (Near North), 019 (Town Hall), and 020 (Lincoln).
Additionally, shooting incidents went down to 7%, compared to the same period in 2018, police stated. According to the report, five city districts had no shootings during the month of February: 001 (Central), 005 –(Calumet), 016 (Jefferson Park), 018 (Near North), and 019 (Town Hall). The police has also stated that “robberies, burglaries and motor vehicle thefts are at nearly 20-year lows,” however, there were no supporting facts or numbers presented to support that statement.
According to Guglielmi, many officers credit the decline in shootings to the technology centers implemented by the Chicago Police Department, which feature live video feeds from security cameras and predict where shootings may take place. If necessary, this information is then being transmitted directly to responding officers’ mobile phones.