CHICAGO (CBS) – Following an increase in patrols dedicated to reducing carjackings, the number of forcibly stolen vehicles has declined so far this year, Chicago police said Tuesday.
Until February 21, there have been 265 carjackings this year, compared to 313 during the same period in 2021, when the number of such crimes exploded.
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These numbers are far higher than just three years ago – in 2019 there were 71 carjackings during this time.
In February, the vehicle hijacking task force expanded to all three watches.
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Public data is only available until February 21. However, the CPD says the city has recorded 306 carjackings through February 28.
Officers have made 238 motor vehicle-related arrests so far this year, including 47 for vehicle hijacking, according to CPD data.
Since the start of the year, officers have confiscated 1,618 firearms, an average of more than 27 guns per day, the CPD said in a press release.
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Citywide, there were 43 murders in February. The Detective Bureau has solved 51 murder cases so far this year. The homicide clearance rate is currently at 55%, the CPD said.