Chicago Murder Rate Reaches 45-Year Low
(Chicago Tribune) — Chicago recorded 435 homicides in 2010, marking the city’s lowest murder rate in 45 years, according to preliminary statistics released Saturday by the Chicago Police Department. The 2010 total was down from 460 in 2009 and 513 in 2008, and is the lowest since 1965, when the city had 395 killings. “That is an astonishing and big drop,” said Franklin Zimring, the director of the Criminal Justice Research Program at theUniversity of California at Berkeley. The decline is part of a decadelong trend in violent crime in Chicago and across the nation.