Tale of two cities: Homicides plummet in New York, leap in Chicago

That’s right: There were more homicides this year in Chicago than in New York, a city with three times the population. That means Chicagoans were proportionally 3.7 times more likely to be homicide victims than New Yorkers were in 2012…

Overall, crime is down in Chicago in just about every category — except the most devastating one.

“We’ve obviously seen, as a city, our shootings and our homicides going in a different direction,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said this month at a graduation ceremony for police recruits, vowing, “We will not rest” until that trend is reversed.

Meanwhile, in New York, “we’re preventing crimes before someone is killed,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday.

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