Chicago Crime Rose 61% in the First Weeks of 2023
According to a report by Naveen Anthrapully of The Epoch Times, Chicago’s crime rate rose by 61% in the first three weeks of 2023. Anthrapully observed that nearly all crime segments registered “an increase, with data coming at a time when the state’s governor insists that crime in the city is decreasing.”
In the first three weeks of 2023, there were 4,844 complaints filed to the Chicago Police Department. This represents a 61% increase compared to 2022, when CPD received 3,013 complaints. In addition, the 2023 figures are 97% higher than the same time frame in 2021 and 81% higher than in 2020
In the last year, the largest increase in crime was in motor vehicle theft, which climbed upward by 165% in the first weeks of 2023, when juxtaposed to the same timeframe in 2022.
Aggravated battery increased by 31%, robbery 26%, theft 24%, criminal sexual assault 12%, and burglary 11%. Murders actually fell by 9%. Similarly, shooting incidents dropped by 1%.
In light of these newly released figures, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has tried to give a positive spin to this crime data.
“Crime is coming down gradually in the city and across the state. It’s going to take a little while. These things don’t come down immediately. But it’s getting better,” he said during an interview with CNBC in late January.
Chicago’s crime rates are not some random occurrence.They’re the product of bad public policy. To be sure Illinois has some of the worst gun control laws in the nation, which leaves countless lawful individuals defenseless against criminals. However, Chicago’s problems run much deeper. As a demographically diverse jurisdiction, it’s naturally going to have high crime rates baked into the cake. On top of that, there’s a permissive culture with regards to criminal and other anti-social activities that gives criminals the green light to terrorize innocent people.
Chicago, and Illinois, for that matter, needs a full-blown overhaul at the top if it wants to restore some semblance of sanity on the streets. The present ruling class has clearly failed. It’s time for fresh leadership who is ready to make the hard call to set things right in one of America’s most storied cities.