Motor vehicle theft is up 23 percent in Chicago according to an FBI study, while all other crime is down. The FBI study which analyzed reported crime data showed a decrease in murders, robberies, assaults, property crimes, larcenies, and burglaries in Chicago from 2009 to 2010. Motor vehicle theft was the only category to have an upward trend.
The FBI study showed a continuing downward trend in Chicago crime over the past few years. Last year, Chicago police reported that overall crime decreased 8.8 percent from 2008 to 2009. Ironically, in last year's study, motor vehicle theft actually fell 18 percent.