Tuesday, July 23, 2013

LIGHTER SIDE: ¡La Delincuencia Se Ha Reducido!

Rainy streets are usually safe streets. Once the standoff on Addison ended, the arriving rain kept things nice and quiet after midnight. So, enjoy this lighter moment from the CWB treasure chest.
There's a saying in these days of low police staffing: "No report, no crime."

Quite simply, that means that any crime that isn't officially recorded in a police report is a crime that never officially happened.

Our good-natured 19th district officers may have stumbled upon a whole new way for politicians to ensure that crime continues to plunge "down."

Sunday July 21, 2013
Officer A: [Unit],where are you?
Unit: I'm at [address].
Officer A: Come around the back you'll see us here.
Unit: 10-4.
Officer A: We need your bilingual skills over here.
Unknown Officer: Hey! No english, no crime!


  1. The #CrimeIsDown hashtag is very popular amongst the local crime following/reporting Twitterazzi.

  2. You are righter than you know. CPD is 'coding down' crimes to make felonies into misdemeanors. For example, if you are punched and your iPhone is taken, there's several felonies committed there, from assault and battery to felony theft. But if no offender is captured at the scene, it winds up being coded as a simple misdemeanor larceny, which covers things like fake Cubs ticket sales. And keeps a robbery off the books.

    But there is one class of felonies that can’t be coded down: motor vehicle theft. Victims demand police reports for insurance purposes, and once entered into the system these can't be coded down because there is no misdemeanor auto theft. Look at the auto theft rate and you’ll find a proxy for the true crime rate.

  3. Anonymous you have a lot to learn, first off there is no such thing as a felony assault in Illinois. As to battery there is simple and aggravated. With our useless states attorneys in cook county it is near impossible to get felony battery charges for "a punch or two". Another thing there is no larceny on the books for the Chicago police department, it's simply called "theft".
    Now if you are walking down the street and punched and your property is forcibly taken from you that is a robbery. That is the only way the Chicago police report it. If you see different under those circumstances ask to speak to a supervisor.

  4. Interesting. I wonder if there is absolute proof to the downcode. Love to see their face if that question is asked at a caps mtg