Chicago’s first-quarter murder total this year hit its lowest number since 1958, police say.
The Sun-Times reports Chicago’s first quarter of 2014 tallied the lowest number of homicides since 1958. The numbers reflect six fewer homicides than the same period in 2013, and 55 fewer homicides since the same time in 2012.
“This is now the sixth consecutive quarter that we’ve had significant reductions of murder and violence in the city,” Chicago’s Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told ABC Chicago in an interview Tuesday. “We’re pleased, but of course we have a lot of work to do.”
McCarthy told ABC that even in crime-heavy areas where incidents are down, “perception lags to [the] reality of crime.”
“You don’t reduce the murder rate in Lincoln Park the way that you do in Roseland,” McCarthy said. “Roseland is where we’re seeing great gains, but sometimes people don’t feel that. When the murder rate goes down from ten to eight, do you feel 20 percent better? No. We understand it.”
Overall crime is down 25 percent from last year, and police said more than 1,300 illegal guns were recovered in the last three months.
McCarthy, an opponent of Chicago’s concealed carry law, also made a point to mention that the department made it’s first arrest of a person with a concealed carry permit after the man allegedly threatened to shoot someone in a rent money dispute.
“We’re going to have tragedies from this,” McCarthy said of concealed carry in Chicago. “The answer to gun violence is not more guns — it’s less guns.”