Chicago carjacking not as bad as residents perceive it, expert argues

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The focus on carjackings in Chicago is making the city appear more dangerous than it actually is, an expert on the criminal justice system argues.

Stephanie Kollmann, policy director of the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern School of Law, said the rise in the number of carjackings comes with a corresponding drop in other types of armed robbery in Chicago.

When you look at the overall numbers, she said, the rate of armed robberies in Chicago is 57% lower than it was 20 years ago.

“People have a heightened fear that they’re at an additional risk,” Kollman said.

The focus on carjackings not only gives people a false sense of danger, but it can also lead to misguided policies on how to address crime in the city, she said.

Kollman says the focus on carjackings not only gives people a false sense of how dangerous Chicago is, it can also lead to misguided policies on how to address crime in the city.