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Chicago authorities say overall crime has dropped nearly 6 percent in the city, but homicides are up nearly 4 percent compared to last year.

Chicago authorities say overall crime has dropped nearly 6 percent in the city, but homicides are up nearly 4 percent compared to last year. There were 164 homicides between January and May this year. That’s six more than last year during the same time period. Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis says homicides are a challenge for the department. Violent crime, including criminal sexual assault and robberies, have decreased. Also, property crimes have dropped 4.2 percent. During a Sunday news conference, he made a direct appeal to parents. He says parents have to ensure children comply with curfew laws for the summer. He says there were more than 1,600 curfew violations in May alone. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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