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Posted Online: April 03, 2013, 8:23 am
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CHICAGO (AP) Chicago police say crime has decreased in the first three months of this year.

In a press release Tuesday, Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the city saw an 8 percent drop in overall crime between January and March, compared to the first quarter of 2012. He says overall crime has dropped 15 percent since the first quarter of 2011.

But McCarthy also says 'there is more work to do.'

There were 70 homicides in Chicago in the first quarter of this year, down from 120 in the first three months of 2012.

The decrease is welcome news for a city that has been in the national spotlight for its gang violence and several high-profile murders.

Police have used an array of initiatives in recent months to try to reduce those numbers.














 



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