Chicago Crime Rates and Consequences
Delivered August 11, 2019. Contributor: ChristineD
Determine whether crime rates are increasing or decreasing in Chicago through the years. The information will be used to enlighten several concerned public and private organizations.
CHICAGO'S HISTORICAL CRIMINAL REPUTATION
Based on historical archives,
became known as a haven of criminal activities even before
Al Capone and the beer wars
The city's periodicals often feature news about incidents of "
murder, rape, theft
, arson," and other nefarious activities.
summarized the city's sentiments with this statement in 1840: " "
the business of stealing horseflesh
has been Reduced to a regular system."
During the same year, the
first hanging punishment
was meted out.
When the 1840s came to an end, it was observed that there is always a
running the city.
The Democrat publication even stated that it is "getting to be a
notorious fact that robbers
, pickpockets, thimble-riggers, etc. are perfectly at home in our city.”
The existence of
also cemented Chicago's notorious reputation.
During the middle of the century, the city housed
multiple gambling business
locations that exceed the area of Philadelphia and New York on a per capita basis.
dark history further descended
into chaos in the last years of the 1800s as the violence of labor conflicts hit the city.
further aggravated the city's lawless reputation.
In the 1890s, the
city's criminal nests
brought about more criticisms as well as international visitors who wanted to partake of
Chicago's forbidden vices
1920 murder of the vice king
of the city, Jim Colosimo, started a new era in the city's history of violence.
during the beer wars of 1924 to 1930 brought fame to
, Chicago's gangster poster boy.
However, based on statistics, the
city's crime statistics
were not particularly high during the
1920s and 1930s
However, several observers noted that
Chicago's crime rates
are just the same as any other city in the country.
was just magnified due to the larger issues arising from a city that is experiencing rapid growth.
Since 1957 to the present, Chicago recorded around
700 homicide incidents
of these years. In
of these years, the rate was found to be below than
of the time.
number of Chicago's homicide
incidents may not be the highest in the country. However, the city had
compared to other US cities.
current crime epidemic
revolves mostly on gun violence incidents
Several factors such as
racial division, wealth disparity
, gangs and the police's inability to address the problem have contributed to the high homicide rates in the city.
Homicide incidents that can be attributed to guns were observed to have
to the high statistics recorded in
2016 and 2017
has the third
biggest recorded homicide
volume in Chicago's
of crime history.
CONSEQUENCE OF HIGH CRIME RATES IN CHICAGO
Due to the
perception of high crime
rates in certain areas of Chicago, it was observed that companies are avoiding the city.
Furthermore, the city is also
exerting more effort
to get existing businesses to stay in the city.
60s and the 70s
, many residents and companies already left the city due to the perceived
high crime rate
, several action steps were taken to ease the fears of crime in the city to get more people and companies to go return.
further perception of increasing crime
rates in the city might turn the tide again and might drive businesses and people out of the city.
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