The number of shootings and homicides in Chicago are each down more than 10% through the first four months of 2023 compared to the same time last year, according to police department data.
There have been 166 homicides recorded in the city year-to-date, according to the Chicago Police Department. That’s fewer than the same time periods in both 2022 and 2021, but higher than the 156 homicides recorded through the end of April in 2020.
“Our community members, outreach workers and faith communities continue stepping up to show that by working together, we can make Chicago safer for everyone,” Interim Superintendent Eric Carter said in a statement. “We will continue collaborating and engaging with youth and families to ensure residents and visitors feel safe in every part of the city.”
There were 52 homicides recorded in April alone, which marks the first time this year the number of homicides actually increased for a single month compared to 2022, when there were 51 homicides.
The 641 shootings recorded in 2023 so far is also the lowest total for this time period since 2020, according to CPD data.
Through the end of April, officers have recovered 3,419 firearms — of which 362 were assault weapons, which marks a 23% increase over this time last year.
According to CPD data, vehicular hijackings are down more than 25% this year compared to last, while violent crime on the CTA is down 6% year-to-date.