Chicago has seen a rise in murder cases, not just compared to the previous year but compared to the previous four years, according to figures released by the Chicago Police Department.
The CPD regularly posts statistics about crime in the city, both week to week and year to year. A look at recent stats shows that murder has risen in the city, doubling in the first week of October from the previous week with 15 murders, and the city is on track to hit around double the number of murders compared to 2019.
That trend extends beyond just the one-year comparison, though: 2020 has seen the most number of murders over the past five years, with 596 murders so far. A Chicago Tribune report from Oct. 9 puts that number at 605, with a 5 Chicago report adding another four from the weekend.