Police: Chicago sees less crime, fewer murders and shootings in

Police: Chicago sees less crime, fewer murders and shootings in '13

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Shootings are down 22 percent and murders are down 21 percent during the first nine months of 2013 when compared to the same period of time last year, according to statistics released early Tuesday by Chicago Police.

As of Sept. 30, overall crime in the city has reduced 15 percent compared to the same time period last year, according to the statement early Tuesday.

"Chicago Police continue to implement a comprehensive strategy, saturating high-crime areas with additional officers, using intelligence to prevent retaliatory gang shootings, moving officers from administrative positions back to the streets, and partnering with the community," Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in the statement.

There were 47 fewer shootings and one less murder in September 2013 than in September 2012, the statement read.

"While there has been less crime, fewer shootings and fewer murders in Chicago this year, there's certainly more work to be done and no one will rest until we reach the ultimate goal of zero crime," McCarthy said. "To reduce violence for the long-term our state and our country need better laws to keep illegal guns out of our communities and punish the criminals who carry them."

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