A press conference held Monday at a West Side police station revealed some positive news about Chicago's crime problem. At the conclusion of the the first half of 2013, homicide numbers are the lowest they've been in nearly half a century. This was according to police Superintendent Garry McCarthy (pictured).

Chicago clocked nearly 500 homicides in 2012 but as of July 1, there have been 76 fewer slayings so far in 2013 than there were at the same time last year. That's a decrease of 29 percent. McCarthy also announced that shootings are down by 25 percent. 

Overall, crime has dropped in Chicago by 15 percent compared to the end of June, 2012. 

"Which equates to more than 5,000 less victims of overall crime," McCarthy told reporters. "We're talking about robbery, burglary, auto theft, things of that nature."

Source: Chicago Tribune 

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