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2013 ends with a big drop in homicides in Chicago

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Chicago Police detectives investigate the scene where a number of people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a city park on the south side of Chicago Sept. 19, 2013.
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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago ended 2013 with fewer homicides than any year since 1965 and the lowest overall crime rate since 1972.

In a news release, the police department says there was a drop in several crime categories, ranging from robbery and aggravated battery to criminal sexual assault and burglary.

Violence in the city became a national news story in 2012, when the number of homicides climbed past the 500 mark.

In 2013, homicides fell 18 percent to 415.

Over the past year, the department launched a number of initiatives targeting street gangs responsible for much of the violence and spent about $100 million in overtime to flood high crime areas with officers.

The department also says the number of shooting victims fell to 2,328 in 2013, compared with 3,066 the year before.

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