Friday, July 26, 2013

L OF AN IDEA: The Highlight of the Night



A sergeant's assignment to a police squadrol at 4:55 this morning:
Go keep an eye on [the Belmont Red Line station]. Keep it clear. And if they start gathering by the L, let them know that if they are not using CTA services, they will be arrested for trespassing.
More, sir! More!

20 comments:

  1. Now why in the world has it taken 2 years to do this ?

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  2. Anonymous said...
    Now why in the world has it taken 2 years to do this ?
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    If we could get this on Saturday and Sunday mornings and start it around 12 instead of 5, there could be some progress.

    For now, we'll take! The journey of 1000 miles and all.

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  3. This is awesome!!

    Its true...if they are not actively using the services then they ARE trespassing!!!!

    This is exactly the legal-based precedent that the police need to take, in order to get the neighborhood under control....trespassing, disorderly conduct, mob action.

    Enforce these laws (combined with having a strong police presence all throughout the neighborhood, with an officer at every intersection) and we have a recipe for success for finally getting the neighborhood safe again!

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  4. Yes, this would be great on the weekends, but as ald tunny says - the Sgt "is just one person".

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  5. The wagon is the most valuable asset to street cops. This is a good idea only if the 911 calls are light. Otherwise no one is available to answer calls and if a cop needs the wagon it's not there for him. The ultimate solution is for us to demand more police be assigned to the district.

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  6. Nice, but needs to start earlier, happen every night, be consistent, etc.

    I'm also worried that if it's successful over time, it may simply drive the thugs east on Belmont and north on Halsted to wreak more havoc up here.

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  7. Notice how since the districts merged we have less cops.

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  8. There would had been less cops regardless of merging precincts.

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  9. What needs to happen is that we have a consistent, evening-time street presence of police (with paddy wagons) at EVERY major intersection (and at the El stops), thruout lakeview...this is the solution...we have to start DEMANDING this in order for safety to be restored to our area.

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    1. With what manpower? The district manpower is down over 20%. The department is lowered by 3,000 or so bodies. Your idea is nice but not feasible

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  10. Paul@justoneperson.netJul 26, 2013, 4:31:00 PM

    Could it be something as simple as this be used as a tool?

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  11. Rahmbo and McWhisky will be shouting the weekend crime drop from the rooftops on Monday. Yet again they will be comparing numbers to 2012. Remember though, weather has no affect on crime.

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  12. The neighborhood association should organize 'positive loitering squads' at L stops during rush hours and maybe, just maybe put your cell in your pocket or carrying bag when leaving or entering the station. You do not need it 24/7. It's sad to type that one but we all need to use some common sense.

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  13. So when the seasons do change, it gets cold, and that serves as a natural deterrent, then what? Will the blog posts just stop and the cycle repeat itself in summer '14?

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  14. Here is an idea, have t shirts made that say "I came to wrigleyville , got robbed and alls I got was this t shirt" have the robbers hand them out as they are taking the money and phones. Tunney will like this idea.

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  15. Anonymous said...
    So when the seasons do change, it gets cold, and that serves as a natural deterrent, then what? Will the blog posts just stop and the cycle repeat itself in summer '14?
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    Hello, Anonymous,

    There's not doubt that cold weather does generally put a damper on the criminal element. CWB will continue to be updated regularly year round.

    The problem, particularly with robberies, has shown signs of turning into a year round issue. The 19th district was walloped by robberies this year, in January of all months.

    We were also surprised to learn on a Facebook page that the worst month for robberies in Boystown for 2011 was October. The worst month in 2010 was November. The post does not appear to be on the Facebook page any longer, but we posted an image of it back in May. The link is below. We also verified the statistics using the database that we make available to CWB readers.

    http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/06/caps-officer-lie-1293894-things-are-not.html

    That's a long way of saying that it appears that we will have things to tell you about well into the future. We should point out, that we're truly hoping that the news we report will start to have a positive tone. We can't wait for the day when we can tell you about positive steps and positive results.

    Our ultimate measure of success will be when the neighborhood once again becomes the safe, fun neighborhood that nearly all of us remember it being just a few short years ago. That's when the five of us will be able to hang this blogging thing up and move on to something else.

    Thank you sincerely for reading CWB and taking part in the conversation here. We are most appreciative.

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  16. Garry Albrecht said...
    The neighborhood association should organize 'positive loitering squads' at L stops during rush hours and maybe, just maybe put your cell in your pocket or carrying bag when leaving or entering the station. You do not need it 24/7. It's sad to type that one but we all need to use some common sense.
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    Great idea on the positive loitering squads, Garry.

    Perfectly good suggestion regarding the unfortunate but necessary steps that everyone should take when they are on the street.

    We posted some of pre-Pride safety suggestions that can generally be applied to every day living. We're going to restructure and repost it in the coming days. For now, it's online here:

    http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/06/street-wise-our-suggestions-for-pride.html

    Many thanks, Garry, for being an active part of the community and a reader of our work.

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  17. CWB, I hope your efforts do some good, but I'm wondering what different will emerge that will change things. Before your blog, there were a couple of popular Facebook pages as well as a couple of other blogs that attempted to do the same thing you are. So the incidents would be logged online, people would comment and give suggestions, and some people would temporarily take action (attend CAPS meetings, form a dog walking group, get a Halsted parking ban put in place, etc.). Even with these things though, I've seen this cycle repeat itself over the last 4 years. Do others have different observations?

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  18. Kevin said...
    CWB, I hope your efforts do some good, but I'm wondering what different will emerge that will change things. Before your blog, there were a couple of popular Facebook pages as well as a couple of other blogs that attempted to do the same thing you are. So the incidents would be logged online, people would comment and give suggestions, and some people would temporarily take action (attend CAPS meetings, form a dog walking group, get a Halsted parking ban put in place, etc.). Even with these things though, I've seen this cycle repeat itself over the last 4 years. Do others have different observations?

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    Hi Kevin. Thanks for taking time to comment and for reading our work. We hope that readers who are familiar with some of the movements you mention are able to see a difference in what we produce. We're not aware of all of the things out there, but we've certainly seen one or two.

    At the blog, we feel that we have one very specific role. That is to inform the public with accurate and timely information. We are not forming any groups or projects. We're going to let that take shape externally.

    We're committed to this project of informing our neighbors. We will not be going anywhere. The facts are laid out, the day-to-day stories are shared.

    In the end, the neighborhood will simply decide that this is the way our neighborhood is going to be from now on or it isn't. We'd like to believe that most people would like to press the rewind button a few years. From the 90's until then, we really had ourselves a great place.

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  19. paul@justoneperson.netJul 30, 2013, 7:02:00 PM

    @ KEVIN

    There are some things trying to happen away from the blog. A few of us have got together to try to organize the community, to educate people that don't read this blog that we just are not as safe as people think, among other things

    We've formed the Just One Person Campaign. We're apart from this wonderful blog, but keep in contact so we don't trample on what they do

    This goes for everyone. If you want to join the community campaign, please drop me an email at Paul@justoneperson.net or oneinlakeview@Gmail.com and we'll get in contact with you

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