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Carjackings Climbing in Chicago:  After declining for seven years, carjackings in Chicago started increasing in 2015, nearly doubling in the next two years.   An in-depth report In today's Chicago Tribune by writer Jeremy Gorner notes that while the focus over the past several years has been on the city's astronomical murder rate, virtually all types of violent crime have been increasing in Chicago with carjackings heading to a 10-year high in 2017.  Although most of the nearly 600 murders in the city have been in the poorer high-crime districts, the 661 carjackings have occurred all over Chicago including the trendy Wicker Park, Bucktown and Logan Square neighborhoods.  Both homicides and carjackings had been lower in 2014, compared to previous years, but both crimes began to increase after the highly-publicised October 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald.  While correlation does not prove causation, some officers believe that the Chicago PD backed off aggressive policing after that incident, emboldening criminals.    

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"while the focus over the past several years has been on the city's astronomical murder rate, virtually all types of violent crime have been increasing in
Chicago with carjackings heading to a 10-year high in 2017."

When I was a boy my family would shoot over to Long Island through NYC 1-2 a year.

In 1977, I remember with Son of Sam and the summer blackout – which turned into a free-for-all, multi-borough, ghetto-style riot – [at least it seemed so] we tried hard to get through during daylight.

Chicago:
(1) Gits capable of murder are easily capable of car-jacking and lesser assaults,
so if there are slayers about, they will not be employed solely with taking lives,
but also with busting heads and taking spoils;

(2) Perhaps the obverse of the “broken windows” maxim holds true as well:
‘ If one doesn’t stop people from murder, all sort of lesser crimes will flourish.’

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