Press Release Date:
June 22, 2003
|| Archived August 25, 2003
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police (ISP) today released 2002 crime statistics showing a decrease in statewide crime for the eighth consecutive year. Overall, Illinois’ crime rate was down 1.5% from 2001. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state reported that a total of 518,404 indexed crimes occurred last year compared with 526,475 the previous year.
In 2002, the total number of violent crimes deceased 1.3%. The offenses of murder and aggravated assault and battery each decreased 3.4%, while criminal sexual assault increased 5.8% and robbery rose 1.4%.
Statewide property crimes declined 1.6% last year. Motor vehicle theft dropped 7.9% and theft declined 1.6%. Reports of burglary increased 2.5% and arson rose 0.2%.
A breakdown of other areas of the state is as follows:
Offenses (all crimes)
Suburban Cook County
Illinois State Police Director Larry G. Trent said, “The decrease in the crime rate indicates that law enforcement and the citizens of our state continue to work together to secure a safe environment for everyone.”