Chicago is touting a drop of 7.9% in crime in comparison to the same time period last year. Looking at the numbers shows the usual 'fun with statistics' that is so common along w/ numbers changing. Beyond the fact that the majority of the drop is in motor vehicle theft, let's take a look at a few others"
Between January and May, murder is down 11.4% in comparison to last year. Sounds good right? Yet last month (April) it was down 18.7%. This change is due to the 47 murders in Chicago in the month of May, 4 more than in May of '08. There is also one less murder listed on the '09 report than on the '08.
Criminal Sexual assault from Jan through May reported 579 incidents on the '08 report but the '09 report shows 608 for the same period. That would be an increase of 6% instead of the 1% shown.
So in one month, Chicago went back on par with '07. If the levels remain stable from now on, they're looking at over 450 murders (mostly gang related) in their 'gun free' paradise. If May's trend continues, they could easily equal or even break last years spiked numbers.
I'm sure it's all due to those right-wing extremists shooting up the neighborhoods like Jesse "hymietown" Jackson thinks.