“Car jacking, fondling of women in streets, and robbery are staples of the area of Chicago”
I’m not sure I understand why anyone would willingly send their children to school in Chicago at this point.
Campus Reform reports:
Chicago students explain why increased crime, Lightfoot policies put them at risk
As nationwide calls to defund the police increase, crime in the city of Chicago continues to rise. Students going to school in the city told Campus Reform that the crime is noticeable.
According to statistics published by the Chicago Police Department, murders are up 49% since 2019 and criminal sexual assault is up 23% since 2020. According to the Chicago Tribune crime team, there have been over 2,020 victims of gun violence so far this year, an increase of more than 160 from last year.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, 2020 ended with 775 murders, an increase of more than 50% from the 506 homicides in the prior year.
Over the July 4th weekend, Chicago saw one of its most violent weekends as over 100 people were shot. At least a dozen children were caught in the crosshairs of the gun violence.
Campus Reform spoke to students who attend college in Chicago to get their firsthand experience with living in the city.
When asked if he has noticed an increase in crime in the city since he started at University of Illinois Chicago, sophomore Ethan Melman told Campus Reform that he has noticed a rise in criminal activity.
“I work for my school’s Student Patrol and since we are issued police radios we hear about all the reports that come through for the UIC police and those reports have only gone up. Car jacking, fondling of women in streets, and robbery are staples of the area of Chicago,” Melman said.
He added that there has been a noticeable increase in the number of 911 calls in the past week.
Despite the data, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot claimed that “crime is on the decline” in a June press conference.
“All of our major indices show a decline in our crime, and our homicides and our shootings year over year are down,” Lightfoot said.
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