Officials reported in the recently announced Windy City report that nearly a thousand people have been killed in Chicago so far this year, including murders and shootings so far, while police have also reported a significant drop in cargazing. .
There were 832 shootings in Chicago as of April 30, of which 997 people were injured, with Chicago police announcing monthly crime figures for the city. Police said on Saturday that there was a year-on-year increase compared to last year’s figures, when 718 people were killed.
And 187 people were killed from April 1 to April 30, compared to 156 victims year-over-year during the same timeframe.
Meanwhile, the number of reported murders in April is actually lower than in April 2020, with 53 compared to 58 the previous year. There were 251 shootings last month, in which 299 victims were injured in 204 shootings and 225 people were injured in April 2020, police said.
The department said the Windy City has seen a decline in its most serious felony crimes.
Officials said the Chicago police have taken more than 3,600 guns, including 150 assault weapons, off the streets so far this year.
After a renewed effort towards tackling carjacking, police reported a more than 55 percent drop in vehicle hijackings since January, when concerns were raised about an alleged surge for the first time.
Superintendent of Police David Brown said carjacking is a concern, but Chicago is moving in the right direction.
“We must continue to recognize this progress and work to improve every area,” Brown said in a prepared statement. “The people of Chicago are nothing short of a world-class police department who are constantly looking to make the city a safer place.”
As part of the department’s efforts to thwart carjacking in the city, CPD has strengthened its task force dedicated to fighting that area of crime and has begun working with local, state and federal allies.