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Chicago Crime Trends: Murder Victims Increasingly Likely to Be Found Outside

Finding trends in Chicago crime is always tricky, but one thing seems clear over the past couple decades: murder victims are much more likely to be found outdoors instead of indoors, and in the public way instead of in a residence.

While researching something unrelated, I came across this (PDF) odd chart. It’s a clear trend, but a totally puzzling one.

Also a trend:

It could make sense if you buy the theory that murders in Chicago are increasingly the territory of gang members (as opposed to domestic or other conflict-related); for obvious reasons, gang members would be more likely to encounter one another in the public way as opposed to a residence. Otherwise, I’m baffled.

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