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Statewide Crime Statistics

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Press Release Date: July 1, 2002    || Archived October 7, 2002
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) today released 2001 crime statistics showing a decrease in statewide crime for the seventh straight year. Overall, the crime rate in Illinois was down 2.9% from the year before. Law enforcement agencies across the state reported that 524,386 indexed crimes occurred last year compared with 540,183 in 2000.

"One of my top priorities as Governor has been to improve public safety," Governor Ryan said. "We want to provide a safe, secure environment for families living throughout Illinois. These statistics indicate that we've made progress in achieving that goal, but we need to continue our efforts to lower crime in our neighborhoods."

Overall violent crimes decreased 2.1%. Criminal sexual assault decreased 1.2%, battery dropped 2.0% and robbery declined 3.0%. The number of murders increased from 898 in 2000 to 986 last year.

Statewide property crimes declined 3.1%. Among property crimes, burglary dropped 3.7%, theft declined 3.0%, and motor vehicle theft decreased 2.9%. Reports of arson remained the same.

A breakdown of other areas of the state is as follows:

Offenses (all crimes)

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Chicago -7.1% Downstate -0.2% Cook County -5.2% Suburban Cook County -1.1% Collar Counties -0.7% Urban Counties +0.1% Rural Counties +1.3%

Illinois State Police Director Sam W. Nolen said, "In human terms, these statistics mean that overall, Illinois citizens were victims of 16,000 fewer crimes in our state last year compared with the year before. While we are very pleased that crime continues to go down, we must strive to keep heading in that direction."

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