Homicides in Chicago up 12 percent in 2015

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  Updated Jan. 3, 2016 at 11:15 AM
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CHICAGO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Chicago had the most homicides of any city in the United States last year as murders and shootings rose significantly but overall crime decreased for a fourth straight year.

The Chicago Police Department's end-of-year crime statistics showed 468 people were murdered in Chicago in 2015 compared to 416 in 2014, a 12.5 percent jump. There were 2,900 shootings in 2015 -- up 13 percent from 2014 and up 29 percent since 2013.

Overall crime was reduced for a fourth straight year, as robberies, aggravated battery, burglaries and theft significantly decreased, according to police.

Nationwide for 2015, the Brennan Center for Justice estimates an 11 percent increase in homicides in the country's 25 largest cities in 2015 but a 1.5 percent decrease in overall crime. The center reports homicides in Baltimore are estimated at 54 per 100,000 residents, the highest since 1993, and violent crime in Los Angeles is up 20 percent.

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