Crime statistics reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation show that major crime in Evanston in the first 10 months of this year was down 6.3 percent from the same period last year.
Showing increases were motor vehicle thefts, sexual assaults, and murders.
But decreases were reported in all other categories: robberies, aggravated battery/assaults, burglaries, thefts, and arson.
Percentagewise, murders were up 200 percent, but that was because there were three murders this year, compared to only one in 2012.
The three this year included the two brothers killed mysteriously in their smoke shop on Davis Street on July 30 and a 19-year-old found dead after a shooting on Leland Street in September. An arrest was made in the September shooting, but the smoke shop murderers are still at large.
There were seven criminal sexual assaults this year, compared to five last year, and there were 63 thefts of motor vehicles this year, compared to 52 during the same period in 2012.
In the other categories, aggravated battery/assaults were down 14.5 percent, burglaries were off 13.1 percent, thefts off 4.5 percent, and arson off 25 percent.
Overall, there were 123 fewer crimes reported from January through October, representing a percentage decrease of 6.3 percent for the year to date.