Chicago recorded fewer shootings in February 2023 than any February since at least 2019, according to new police department figures, while the number of homicides in the first months of 2023 is below each of the last two years.
According to Chicago Police Department data published Wednesday, the city has recorded 79 homicides this year through the end of February — a total that is down 14% compared to the same point last year but 13% over 2021.
That total is up 13% compared to the first two months of 2020.
“The men and women of the Chicago Police Department will always do everything we can to fight violence, strengthen our neighborhoods, and make our city safer for all,” Police Superintendent David Brown said in a statement. “Every day Chicago’s officers show up and show community members that we’re in this together.”
The city recorded 695 homicides throughout the entirety of 2022, according to the most recent data.
There were 37 homicides in February alone, according to police, which is actually the second-highest total for that month over the past four years.
Chicago recorded 132 shootings last month, which was the lowest total for any February since at least 2019, while the number of shootings in 2023 (300) is down 9% over last year.
According to CPD data, the number of vehicular hijackings recorded in 2023 is down 23% compared to the same time last year, while police have made 380 motor vehicle-related arrests.
The CPD also said officers this year have recovered 1,769 guns — an average of more than 29 guns per day.