Chicago’s crime wave has continued into 2021, with shootings hitting a four-year high in March according to Chicago Police Department statistics released earlier this week. Four officers were shot in March alone.
The numbers echo and ongoing national trend, with crime — and particularly violent crime — continuing to spike in the months following the release of coronavirus-related lockdowns.
“The Chicago Police’s Monthly Crime Newsletter on city shootings and crime statistics reported the increases in both the number of shootings and the number of shooting victims in March compared to the same month in the previous three years,” per CNN.
This spike is despite cold weather, which typically ramps down crime in Chicago during the winter months.
“For 2021, there were 233 shooting incidents and 298 shooting victims, police data show,” the outlet noted based on CPD’s numbers. “In March of 2020, there were 146 shootings and 175 victims; in March 2019 there were 136 shooting incidents and 165 victims; and in 2018