The most recentlootingincidents took place in the business district of the city after an officer-involved shooting took place on Aug. 9.Mayor Lori Lightfootcalled the looting “an assault” on Chicago, according to theGuardian.
“This was straight-up, felony criminal conduct,” Lightfoot said. “This was an assault on our city.”
River North resident Amber, whose last name was withheld by the outlet due to safety concerns, said she and her husband are looking for something with “more safety.”
“Not to make it all about us; the whole world is suffering,” Amber told the outlet. “This is a minute factor in all of that, and we totally realize that. We are very lucky to have what we do have.”
“But I do think that I’ve never had to think about my own safety in this way before.”
Compass real estate broker Rafael Murillo told the outlet that he’s noticed a trend of downtown dwellers looking to move to the suburbs sooner than expected.
“They want to feel safe,” Murillo told the Chicago Tribune. “They want to be able to come outside their homes and enjoy their neighborhood amenities, whether it’s running at the park, enjoying a nice little dinner, shopping. But with everything going on, there are a lot of residents who are not feeling safe right now.”
Chicago resident Neil Spun has lived in the city for half of his life, but he claimed the recentlootinghas pushed him to look downstate at smaller towns.
“There have been riots before, and looting,” Spun told the outlet. “It just seems to me now that the city isn’t doing anything about it. I don’t see this getting any better, and so I’d like to leave.”
On top of the widespread looting, the homicide rate in Chicago has surged this year. Between Jan. 1 and the end of July, there were 440 homicides in the city and 2,240 people were shot, according toNBC Chicago.