The burglary rate in Chicago is down and it’s being credited to the surge in concealed-carry permits being issued.
According to the Washington Times, the number of robberies “has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.”
Richard Pearson, the executive director of the Illinois States Rifle Association, said, “It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect. The police department hasn’t changed a single tactic — they haven’t announced a shift in policy or of course — and yet you have these incredible numbers.”
The Chicago Police Department thinks otherwise. They credit the drop in crime to better police work touting the 1,300 illegal guns that have been taken off the streets in the first three months of the year.