Saturday, July 27, 2013

WE'RE NUMBER 1!: For Robberies

It may be another 104 years before Wrigleyville is home to the world's #1 baseball team. But, for now, we can lay claim to another top spot. As of 5:36 this morning, we're home to the #1 police beat for robberies in Chicago. Expand the time frame to 365 days, and we're the #5 robbery beat.

That's one heck of a performance when you consider that there are 273 other beats vying for the top spot.

Beat 1924, which covers the area from  the west side of Halsted to east side of Southport and from south side of Addison to the north side of Belmont, reported 37 robberies in the past 90 days.

According to the Chicago Police Department's CLEARMap web site, that puts us at the top of the list of places people should go in Chicago. If they want to be mugged, that is.

The 10 most robbery-filled police beats of the past 90 days are shaded on the map below. Beat 1924 is the green section. Note: There is a tie for 10th place, that's why 11 beats are shaded.

"Yes," skeptics say, "but a lot of people visit the area for baseball and nightlife, so of course there will be more robberies."


Okay. Let's compare our showing with the 18th district, which includes the nightlife areas of River North, Rush Street, and Division Street, not to mention all of the high rise residences, three university campuses, skyscraper workplaces, hotels, the Mag Mile, about two-thirds of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, and eight CTA rail stations.

Its worst beat, which covers the area around DePaul in Lincoln Park, ranked #75.

After that #75 showing, the rest of the 18th district's beat rankings are: 112th, 121st, 141st, three tied in 189th place, 219th, and four tied in 231st place.

So, tell us one more time about what should be expected in areas with lots of nightlife and visitors?

UPDATED 27 JULY 2013 3:00PM: Corrected the boundaries of beat 1924. We originally identified the northern boundary as Irving Park Road. In fact, the northern boundary is Addison.


  1. None of the other entertainment districts have a Center on Halsted. Close the Center on Halsted and the robbery count will plummet.

  2. WOW ! Maybe cinnamon buns Tunny can add these robbery numbers to his resume as having the most robberies in the city on just one beat and boast that " he is just one alderman ".

  3. Interesting follow-up in Sun-Times and it is not a puff piece on Rahm since it links reduced arrest to reduced # of cops:

    "The number of “physical arrests” by Chicago Police officers declined again — from 152,740 in 2011 to 145,390 in 2012. That continues a six-year trend that coincides with the hiring slowdown that caused a dramatic decline in the number of police officers. Police made 227,576 arrests in 2006. The number of arrests has been dropping like a rock ever since."

  4. " Anonymous said...None of the other entertainment districts have a Center on Halsted. Close the Center on Halsted and the robbery count will plummet."

    I think the problem has expanded beyond The Center. That place opened the floodgates, but at this point, if they closed along with the Crib, the Night Ministry and Howard Brown Youth Center only part of the problem would be solved. The element those place have lured into the area have swept in a bigger crowd on their wake, and whether or not The Center remains, those people will be coming here to cause trouble regardless.

    I know our loitering laws were taken off the books as unconstitutional, but some sort of ant-delinquent loitering legislation that passes the constitutional threshold needs to be passed.

  5. People who think more LAWS will solve problems are just naive and ignorant. Criminals do not obey laws...if they did they wouldn't own guns. A loitering law would be useless in the case where a thug comes out of the dark and robs a resident on the street, which is the primary way they operate in Lakeview. The thug wasn't loitering...he was walking around and hiding until he found a victim. Geesh...get a clue.

  6. The number of arrests are down because there are less officers. Hire more cops and arrests will go back up. It's simple

  7. It is clear to me Rahm got rid of 3,000 cops so as to claim "crime is down".

  8. John42, when gangs of 40, 50 or more people are allowed to block sidewalks all night long, anti-loitering laws would certainly help break them up, move them out and discourage them from coming into the area to hang out and cause trouble. I have a clue.

    1. And you think putting them in jail for 4 or 5 hours to be released and then let go in court will really discourage them? The whole system needs revamping. The judge in branch 42 (felony) court lets the robbery offenders go more often than not and the states attorney's are clueless.

  9. "Close the Center on Halsted and the robbery count will plummet."========I think it's too late for that. They've already found us.

  10. And if you're a victim just go to Grand and Central and try to do your civic duty. It's a damn joke. You watch maybe a hundred cases get dismissed bc the victim or the officer aren't there. And then if you do show up they bond the guy out and he walks out the same door you do, onto the same street you do. That's fun. Now this was for assault. I guess for a gun crime they might hold the guy.

    Here's an even better one. For a battery (bartender at dive bar I often work alone so it's me and only me against whatever walks through the door) they gave me the wrong date to show up. When I did show up the moron S.A. had me what until the end of the 9:30 call only to tell me they would send out notification to both parties and a new date would be scheduled. Grasp that? They decided to send the perpetrator a letter and ask him to come back after his charge had been dismissed. Needless to say I wasted another morning at Grand/ Central and this time the S.A. told me there was no way anyone should have had me come back. After the police wrote the wrong day on my initial paperwork the case was dead forever.

    The system is broken, antiquated and failing. Even if arrested there is little consequence. If consequence is assigned it's so little it's not a deterrent in any way and what ever time they get in county is further reduced due to over-crowding.

    I truly hope CC makes some of these amazingly bold robbers think twice and this is mostly for those of us who decide not to carry a weapon. But unfortunately the law is structured so if I walk out of a bar, restaurant or off public transportation the bad guys know I don't have a gun. And if I do I'll likely suffer a greater penalty than any of the people who have attacked me over the years.

    I think we're in trouble for real. No money, no cops, no deterrents... this will get worse.

  11. So it is more dangerous in Boystown than Englewood or Austin?

  12. Jeff on BuckinghamJul 28, 2013, 2:18:00 PM

    I emailed WGN with a link to this article.

    This neighborhood should be outraged.

    I went to your source (CLEAR MAP) and found out also:

    This same beat (1924) is #6 in ALL CRIME.


    My beat, beat 1925, is #5 out of 145 in robberies. That's the area east of 1924.

  13. Anonymous said...
    So it is more dangerous in Boystown than Englewood or Austin?

    There are certainly more robberies, Anonymous. Of course, you and we understand that our neighborhood is nothing like the broken areas of our city. But there is a serious problem here that needs to be addressed.

    Take a look at our latest post about our violent crime ranking. That, for lack of a better term, performance is all driven by robberies.

  14. Don't be just one person to complain here -- let's fill up the meeting room. Bring anything you have created with the CWB logo!


    Come join the horse-and-pony show.

  15. It is naive to think meetings will help...these are adults carrying guns...citizens should be armed as well, that is their only chance...