CHICAGO — Overall crime is down this year compared to the same time last year, police said Thursday.
Through the month of July, shootings are down 23 percent compared with 2012, and murders are down 15 percent compared with 2012, according to Police News Affairs Director Adam Collins. Overall crime is also down 15 percent over last year.
For the month of July, there were 57 fewer shootings than in 2012 and two fewer murders, police said. Cops said there were two fewer murders in July 2013 than in July 2012, and eight fewer than in July 2011.
Those numbers differ slightly from data gathered by DNAinfo.com Chicago.
Police also recovered 608 illegal guns in July and has collected 4,128 total illegal guns in 2013 so far.
In a statement, Supt. Garry McCarthy touted the decrease but added "no amount of violence in acceptable."
"We will continue working in partnership with the communities we serve because one victim of violence is one too many, and no one will rest until everyone in Chicago enjoys the same sense of safety," McCarthy said.