March 12, 2024

Chicago Crime Rate Increasing; Homicide Rate Dropping

By Emily Trzmielewski

Chicago crime trends have taken divergent paths, according to an analysis of data in the Chicago Police Department 2023 Year End Report.

According to the report, overall crime increased by 16% in 2023 when compared to 2022. This change is alarmingly higher at 55% when comparing levels of total crime in 2023 to 2019.

Additionally, it is important to examine how these numbers look when broken down by types of crimes. Most notable is the increase in motor vehicle theft. From 2022 to 2023, motor vehicle theft increased by 37% from 21,370 to 29,287. According to an investigation conducted by CBS News Chicago, more than half of these thefts were for Hyundais and Kias. One reason these vehicles may be targeted is due to technical defects and vulnerabilities that car thieves can exploit.

Similarly, the number of robberies has continued to rise with a 23% increase from 2022 to 2023. Robbery dropped in 2019 and these lower levels continued throughout the pandemic when the number of people in public decreased substantially due to stay-at-home orders. As stay-at-home orders lifted and people returned to schools, offices and public activities, robbery rates spiked in 2022 and continued to increase in 2023.

Comparatively, both burglary and homicide have decreased in 2023. Burglary decreased by 2% staying at a relatively similar level to 2022. However, the number of homicides has dropped by 13% from 709 murders in 2022 to 617 murders in 2023. Although this is a drop compared to the number of homicides during the pandemic, it is still relatively high when compared to totals before 2016.

To find more information about crime in Chicago visit the Chicago Police Department’s published Crime Statistics and Statistical Reports.

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