Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the United States. It’s illegal to carry a gun there, but that hasn’t stopped the city from becoming one of the most violent places on the planet.
Things have gotten so bad that the Chicago police have been ordered to stop responding to lesser crimes like burglary and vehicle theft.
from the Sun Times:
With aldermen bracing for the political fallout, Chicago is implementing a dramatic change in 911 dispatch to free the equivalent of 44 police officers a day to respond to the most serious crimes.
As of Sunday, police officers are no longer responding in person to reports of a vehicle theft, garage burglary, or crime where the victim is “safe, secure and not in need of medical attention” and the offender is “not on the scene and not expected to return immediately.”
Instead, those 911 calls are being transferred to the Chicago Police Department’s Alternate Response Section, staffed by officers on light duty. Police reports will be taken over the phone. If necessary, evidence technicians will be assigned later.
If your car gets stolen in Chicago, I have a word of advice: call your local cab company and offer a cash reward to the first cabby who spots your car. The police aren’t going to do anything about it.