Saturday, August 31, 2013

ODDS & ENDS: Movie Buffs

12:31PM, Friday, August 30
A resident called police at 12:30 Friday afternoon upon discovering what appeared to be a porn movie filming in the alley behind 1800 W. Melrose. According to the caller, six men and two women were filming a video and "one of the men has his pants off." Officers cleared the set.


9:40PM Friday, August 30
A concerned citizen reported a man walking northbound on Halsted Street from Addison, "covered head to toe in blood." Officers located the man and checked his ID, but he apparently did not wish to have medical treatment.

3:20AM Saturday, August 31
Security at Big City Tap, 1010 W. Belmont, reported that a man pulled a knife on them when they asked him to move along. It is not clear if officers made contact with the suspect, described as a male, black, wearing a black shirt, blue jeans, and a red cap with a white letter "T" on it.

3:52AM Saturday, August 31
Up to eight people were reportedly brawling in the parking lot of the International House of Pancakes at Halsted and Grace.

LABOR: Induced

The 19th district did not run out of police officers in the early morning hours today.

The district has not stayed out of "Radio Assignment Pending" (RAP) status on a Saturday morning since August 3.

Sunday mornings have been the real problem spot this summer. Let's hope for the best tonight.

GREEDY: Thief Swipes Two Phones Then Hides Inside CVS

A greedy thief who may have struck two victims within 10 minutes made a critical mistake when he opted to hide inside of a 24-hour pharmacy.

Police received an initial report of a cell phone snatching around Belmont and Orchard at 3:10AM. The offender in the incident is described as a male, black, 6' tall, wearing a blue jacket, and a baseball cap, fled westbound through an alley toward Clark Street.

Three minutes later, a witness called 911 from the area of Clark and Barry to report that a thief just stole a man's cell phone and the victim was standing on the corner screaming. Meanwhile, the offender scurried inside the nearby 24-hour CVS pharmacy.

A CAPS officer assigned to Halsted Street quickly found the offender and at least one victim positively identified him as the perpetrator. An arrest was made at 3:19AM. The arrest is connected CPD robbery case #HW431302.


IN THE BAG: "Clean Cut" Thug Beats, Robs 60-Year-Old

A 60-year-old man was beaten and robbed after he cashed a $440 check in the currency exchange at Irving Park Road and Broadway around 11pm last night.

Witnesses say the man was beaten to the ground by a "clean cut" offender who ripped away the victim's blue shoulder bag and then fled south toward Gill Park. The victim was transported by ambulance to Illinois Masonic Medical Center for treatment.

Police are looking for the male attacker, who witnesses describe as black, about 30 years old, 5'11" tall, with short hair, wearing a black shirt, and jeans.

CPD case #HW437165.

PICKY: Sneaky Thieves Target Area Ladies

At least two women were victimized by pickpockets in the area between Friday evening and early Saturday morning.

6:30PM Friday, August 30
Witnesses reported that they saw offenders steal from a woman's purse at the Belmont Red Line station and then flee the scene in a car.

After speaking with witnesses, officers determined that the the thieves appeared to be a pickpocket crew and the victim may not have known that she had been ripped off.

The offenders, described only as three black men, fled the scene eastbound on Belmont in a maroon 2000 Lincoln four-door with tinted windows and Arizona license plates.

No report has been taken yet because the victim has yet to be identified.

1:00AM Saturday, August 31
A pickpocket stole a woman's iPhone near Clark and Roscoe. The offender is described as a female, black, aged 20 to 30, 5'6" tall, 160 pounds, with black hair pulled back into a bun. She was wearing a white tank top, black cutoff jean shorts, and black sandals.

A case was filed by the victim at the 19th district desk. Case #HW431217

DAILY TICKER: Saturday, August 31, 2013



The CWB Daily Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

As we've often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.

Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.

Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.

Friday, August 30, 2013

THE CHAMP: August 2013 May Become Worst Robbery Month On Record


August 2013 may go on-record as the single worst month for robberies in Wrigleyville and Boystown in at least 13 years.

As of August 23, the neighborhood had racked up 32 robberies for the month, six shy of the record 38 robberies reported in June of last year.

Considering the mayhem that swept through the area last Friday night into Saturday morning is not included in the data set and another weekend is still about to begin, the smart money is on August 2013 taking the top spot.

The source for our graphic is the City of Chicago Data Portal, which catalogues every crime reported to Chicago police since January 1, 2001. 

I'LL BE BACK: Man Threatens Bar Staff

A man threatened to come back with a knife after employees at Roscoe's Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted, held his apparently fake ID and removed him from the premises. There just happened to be a police car on the other side of the street, so the response was remarkably quick. Officers made contact with a man matching the suspect's description, but no arrest was made.

SMOKED: Transvestite Swipes Shopkeeper's Phone

A man dressed as a woman with a taste for 90's fashion stole an employee's phone from Halsted Smoke Shop, 3448 N. Halsted, at 11:35PM Thursday.

The cross-dressing klepto, described as male, black, 6' tall, wearing a black top and Daisy Dukes-style jean cutoff shorts was last seen running southbound on Halsted from Newport.

No police report could be located by CWB.

DAILY TICKER: Friday, August 30, 2013

No new incident reports were released by the city today.



The CWB Daily Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

As we've often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.

Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.

Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

NOW UP: Online Petition

An online petition is now up and ready for your signature.

A successful petition could bring extra weight to concerns expressed at next week's CAPS meetings.

From the comments:
I've put together a group of neighborhood residents, and we're planning what actions we can take to make a difference in our own way. 
For starters, we've posted an on-line petition that will go to the mayor, Superintendent McCarthy, Aldermen Tunney and Cappleman and Police Commander Voulgaris. We've avoided being contentious or confrontational, and instead have offered up what we think needs to be done to imrove the conditions in the neighborhood. I hope people will sign it, and pass it off to others to sign. The more signatures we can get the better it will be when we meet with some of these figures in person.
The petition addresses crime throughout the area. Readers in neighboring parts of Lake View are encouraged to sign.

RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY: Curious Gents Jackrabbit Away From Cops

A witness reported two men behaving suspiciously in the alley between Buckingham and Aldine, east of Halsted around 5 o'clock this morning. According to the caller, two men, one of whom wore khaki pants, were looking into car windows and pulling on car doors as they walked along.

Quickly-responding officers arrived in time to see the subjects, one of whom was further described as male, black, 6-feet tall, wearing a sleeveless white t-shirt, hop a fence and run northbound in the 600 block of Buckingham. A citizen reported seeing them continue running northbound past Broadway United Methodist church. The individuals were not located.

Coincidentally, minutes after the suspects fled Buckingham, at 5:13AM, a resident reported a man stealing money from an apartment building's laundry room in the 700 block of Brompton. The offender, described as male, black, 6'4" to 6'5" tall with braided hair who wore a gray t-shirt, and a baseball hat, was gone when officers arrived.

MORNING REPORT: Foot Chase; Taggers

Foot Powder?
A tactical unit that went to investigate a report of narcotics sales taking place on the street at Clark and Belmont wound up in a foot chase of their suspect. Officers chased the alleged dealer from Clark to Halsted, then north to Melrose, and south through an alley before making the arrest on Belmont just east of Halsted at 10:30pm.

Interesting Folks
Another in our series of reports on people who've crossed paths with police officers in our neighborhood. Last night around 10PM, Mr. RLP was stopped by officers at Halsted and Waveland. An ID check revealed that RLP is a former parolee and a known member of the Black Souls street gang. He has no outstanding warrants, so RLP was sent on his way to enjoy the electric nightlife of Wrigleyville and Boystown.

Bad Paint Job
A witness reported seeing two subjects spray paint graffiti onto a building in the area of Roscoe and Kenmore around 1:30 this morning. The offenders' descriptions are
1) male, Hispanic, in his 20's, 5'6" tall, medium build, wearing a white and blue cap, white t-shirt, and blue jeans 
2) male, white, in his 20's, white t-shirt, shorts.
The suspects were last seen walking westbound on Roscoe.

NOTES: September CAPS; Southport Neighbors; A Victim's Story

The CWBers had our bi-monthly "editorial meeting" at Syndey Marovitz yesterday. Our email and incoming comments folders were bursting when we returned.

Southport Neighbors
Our friends to the west in the Southport Neighbors area putting together a neighborhood watch program after two recent incidents near Juniper Park.

Last week, a resident of that area emailed us with details of an apparent robbery around 1 o'clock last Monday afternoon near the park. According to the emailer, two nannies were robbed of their cellphones and jewelry. The robberies do not appear to have been reported to police.

Our knowledge of last week's alleged robbery is what led us to run our report this Monday of a confirmed robbery at 1:40PM, less than two blocks from Juniper Park.

Residents of the Southport area who want to get involved should contact the Southport Neighbors Association.

September CAPS
Here are the dates for September's CAPS meetings.

Beats 1923, 1925, and 1934 (Yellow areas on the map below)
Wednesday, September 4, 7PM
19th district police station on Addison

Beats 1924 and 1933 (Pink areas on the map)
Thursday, September 12, 7PM
Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington. The front desk will direct you to the auditorium.

They don't serve beverages, but they usually offer plenty of "Kool Aid."



From the comments
I'm a resident on Wilton. Was mugged on August 16th at 11:30 PM by several men under red line - be careful. I'm 6'3 - 280. Not an easy target. 
Had conversations with applicable alderman today. Meeting with commander [Thursday] morning. I AM begging for creative ideas to open the conservation and I am demanding action. My ideas or issues mine didn't make the stats - I'm concerned its under reported Bike patrol Foot patrol - other than just game days We need to stand up and SPEAK out. Ver frustrated. Healing from broken bones and lacerations. All good on the healing side. Can't let this happen to my GF.
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and for taking a stand. Best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

Robberies are severely underreported in this neighborhood for a variety of reasons.

You are right on track with your other thoughts. Our readers will certainly have ideas of their own, but here are a few that we offer:



- A commitment from the alderman and police commander to deal with this issue openly and honestly. We're beyond the point of deniability. We've endured nearly three years of smoke and mirrors. It's time to move forward.

- A commitment from businesses, particularly bars, to inform their departing customers of simple ways to stay safe. Business owners must understand that every one of their customers who gets robbed on the way home tells their crime victim story to a host of friends. And those friends tell their friends. We won't even get started on the fact that bar employees are robbed on the street with some regularity, too. We know one who was victimized this past weekend around Halsted and Cornelia.

- Recruiting social organizations such as the Center on Halsted to be partners in the solution. Everyone needs to move beyond the finger pointing. As we said in a comment response this week, we've never advocated for the closing or defunding of COH or any other social organization. We would like to see these organizations drop their tired and unprovable "our clients aren't the troublemakers" cry in favor of "we want a safe neighborhood, too, and we're full partners."

- The police department needs to apprehend many, many more offenders than they currently do. The district's manpower is down at least 25% since March 2012. There simply are not enough officers in this district to launch appropriate responses to robberies in progress. Rarely is an effective search for offenders launched. We don't have exact numbers, but if we had to ballpark it, we'd say that at least 90% of the robberies in this area do not result in arrests. The offenders know that they aren't likely to get caught here and they keep coming back. They're not going to stop doing it until there is a compelling reason for them to go elsewhere. Even less common than a search for offenders is an actual follow-up investigation by detectives. If you think a gumshoe goes out beating the bushes or even checking the blue-light cameras after someone is robbed on the street, you are mistaken.

- Invigoration of the court advocacy program. Once the police get a thug off the streets, we need to ensure that the judicial branch does its job. 

DAILY TICKER: Thursday, August 29, 2013

Details of one robbery were released by the city today:

HW418547
8/22/2013 12:01AM
600 W BUCKINGHAM
ROBBERYARMED:OTH DANGEROUS WEAPON
SIDEWALK



The CWB Daily Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

As we've often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.

Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.

Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

FISTICUFFS: 1 Arrested After Halsted Street Melee

Several callers reported a crowd of 15 spectators watching a 5-person fistfight on the corner of Halsted and Buckingham at 12:15 this morning.

Officers arrived quickly, but the fight was over when they rolled up. A victim who had been punched in the face remained on-scene. They searched the area with the victim in an effort to find the offender, described as male, black, 6'2", wearing a white hat, white shirt, and white shorts.

The man was found and taken into custody at 1:40AM outside of Sinbad's restaurant, 921 W. Belmont, near the Red Line station.

Chicago Police Department case #HW426849

UPDATE 4 MARCH 2014: The criminal case was dropped after the victim failed to appear in court.

DAILY TICKER: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The city confirmed one more area robbery today. CWB's original reporting is linked.

HW416849 21 Aug 02:38AM 3200 N DAYTON  STRONGARM - NO WEAPON STREET

We also audited CWB's 2013 database, removing incidents that are no longer classified as robberies and adding incidents that have been subsequently classified as such. The following changes were made to reflect publicly-available city data:

Removed
HW114329 1/12/13 4:15AM 1100 W BELMONT AVE STRONGARM - NO WEAPON ALLEY
HW401115 8/10/13 12:38 AM 037XX N PINE GROVE ATTEMPT: STRONGARM-NO WEAPON STREET

Added
HW392602 08/04/13 7:20 AM 800 W NEWPORT ATTEMPT: STRONGARM-NO WEAPON SIDEWALK
HW393808 08/05/13 4:30 AM 900 W BELMONT STRONGARM - NO WEAPON CTA TRAIN
HW393792 08/05/13 3:15 AM 1100 W IRVING PARK ATTEMPT: STRONGARM-NO WEAPON STREET


The CWB Daily Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

As we've often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.

Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.



Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

REDEYE/TRIBUNE: Muggings Up In Lakeview

Welcome aboard, Chicago Tribune and Redeye.  The mother-daughter of Chicago print news runs the story this afternoon.
A RedEye analysis of the city's crime data shows that reported summertime muggings have been slowly climbing over recent years, from about 300 thefts and robberies reported in 2008 to more than 450 this year.
Not all incidents are included in the data, however, because some were accompanied by more severe offenses. But this summer's numbers provide a sketch of the area's crime hotspots at a time when many community members are clamoring for more information from the police department and other community leaders on anti-crime efforts.
The opening of the second paragraph is something we don't mention here very often. If a person gets terribly stabbed and robbed, the incident will only be recorded as a stabbing (aggravated battery) in the city's publicly-available data. The robbery portion does not show up in the city's online stats.  Here's an excellent example of that.

It's good to have the Trib and Redeye's analysis out there.  We may quibble with some things (The commander "announced" that beat 1924 is #1 in robberies? We'd say he "confessed.") but, all in all, this is an important step toward getting past the denials and on to the solutions.

ALL GROWED UP: Interactive Maps Plot 2013, 2003 Robberies

Online now are two interactive maps from CWB.
Click here for the 2003 interactive map.  Click here for the 2013 interactive map.
The first map plots every robbery reported to police from July 20 to August 19, 2013, in the area between Irving Park Road, Belmont, Southport, and Lake Michigan. That's the area covered by today's police beats 1923, 1924, and 1925*.

The second interactive map plots robberies during the same period a decade earlier, July 20 to August 19, 2003.

You can zoom in, zoom out, and click on each marker for details about the crime(s). Some markers in 2013 represent multiple crimes in the same location.

We wanted to label all of this year's robberies with letters like 2003's are, but the English alphabet isn't long enough for that.

There were 15 robberies a decade ago, there were 41 robberies this year. That's not easy to do with crime being "down" so much.

*-CPD drew new beat boundaries in 2012. You can read more about how CWB mitigates the effects of the re-drawing by clicking "read more" below.



Our source for crime data is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.

Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.

LINK: Report Graffiti To The City

There's been a bit of conversation in our comments and elsewhere lately about graffiti problems.

Submitting graffiti removal requests to the city is painless. We've added a direct link to the online request form to the green ribbon at the top of every CWB page. The form allows you to upload a photo of the "artwork," too.

Recommended.

Here are few pix that have come our way, including one by an apparently well-read jackass:






SCHOOLED: Finally, A Night of Peace


What a delightfully quiet night.  It was like a time machine ride to 2010.

DAILY TICKER: Tuesday, August 27, 2013


The city released information today on one new robbery in the area from Monday, August 19.
CWB has no original reporting on this incident.

HW414133 19 Aug 10:45AM 3700 N FREMONT ATTEMPT:ARMED-OTHER DANG WEAP NO ARREST SIDEWALK




The CWB Daily Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

As we've often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.

Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.

Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.

Monday, August 26, 2013

COPS CONFIRM: "Two Thugs One Gun" Bandits Struck On Mayor's Home Turf

Extra officers line the sidewalk outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home on N. Hermitage Avenue during a special event.
How about that? The CPD and CWB have found something we can agree on when it comes to robberies.

The guys who pulled off a robbery at gunpoint half a block from the Mayor's house Thursday night were the widely-publicized "Two Thugs One Gun" offenders. The difference, of course, is that it took the police department four extra days to tell you.

WGN picks up the story tonight. Expect others to do so as well.

So far, no report has mentioned that the "1700 W. Cuyler" occurrence is 300 feet from Rahm's police-protected front door.

CWB's interactive map of these robberies is available online.

AFTERNOON ROBBERY: Woman Strongarm-ed Near Her Ashland Home


A Lake View woman was strong arm robbed of her purse just west of Wrigleyville, near Waveland and Ashland at 1:40 this afternoon.

The offender is described as being male, white/Hispanic or possibly Middle Eastern, in his 30's, 5'8" to 5'10" tall, with short black hair, wearing a puffy navy colored coat and blue jeans.

He was last seen running westbound on Waveland from Ashland.

The victim's handbag is leather snakeskin and it contained her passport, debit card, and personal items.

Officers have searched the area, including the nearby Brown Line station without success.

Chicago Police Department case #HW424583.

GUITAR ZEROES: Thugs Strip Roscoe Victim Of Valuables

CWB received an email today with information about a robbery that we had not previously reported. The time, date, and location align with an incident that was confirmed by city data last week.

At 1:45AM on August 7, three offenders strong arm robbed a man of his wallet, cash, $90 flip phone, and a Gibson Maestro guitar on Roscoe near Lake Shore Drive.

There aren't any alleys on that block of Roscoe, so the victim couldn't have been strolling through the alley. He had an entry-level phone, so it's doubtful that he was targeted for "flashing his phone around."

The thugs saw a guitar and decided to go for it and everything else this man had. They're probably trying to start a band, right?

This is something to keep in mind. An increasing number of robberies in our area are targeting people who are just going about their business. Despite our police commander's speeches to the contrary, hardly any of the victims are targeted while waving iPhones as they stumble through darkened alleys. BTW, we don't recommend walking through alleys, but alleys are not where people are being robbed in droves. Sidewalks are where people are being robbed in droves.

Last week, three guys were hanging out on their front porch on Briar Street when three other guys (plus one handgun) walked up to them and took everything they had.

A week ago, a woman was robbed while walking her dog on a Monday morning.

And so on. The offenders are becoming bolder and they're after anything that is of value, not just phones.

OVERNIGHT: A Case of the "Mondays"

2:14AM
A "homeless person" brandished a knife and threatened a man at Halsted and Roscoe. The assailant, described as male, black, 5'10" tall, 210 pounds, wearing a white shirt and jeans, was last seen walking near Cornelia and Elaine Place.


3:00AM
Police handled a verbal altercation at Belmont and Halsted. An I.D. check of one participant revealed that he is:
-A prior parolee
-A member of the Traveling Vice Lords
-Flagged as being violent toward law enforcement
But, he was not wanted today, so he was sent on his way.

5:10AM
A strong police response brought a fight involving 10 people under control on the Belmont Red Line station's southbound platform. One highly combative man was taken into custody on a domestic battery charge. Case #HW423962

DAILY TICKER: Monday, August 26, 2013

The city released new information on one robbery today. CWB's original report is linked.

HW413829  19 Aug  05:53  700 W BUCKINGHAM STRONGARM  NO ARREST  SIDEWALK


The CWB Daily Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

As we've often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.

Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.

Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.


LADIES MAN: Phone-Thieving Romeo Busted By Cops

19th district officers snared another phone thief Sunday evening in the 3700 block of N. Pine Grove.

The incident began around 5:45PM when the offender stole a man's phone near Waveland and Lake Shore Drive. The offender is described as being male, black, in his 20's 5'8" tall, 150 pounds, wearing a black hat, tank top, and a Michael Jordan back pack headed westbound on Waveland in the company of two females.

Officers stopped a group of individuals matching that description at 3720 N. Pine Grove and the victim positively identify the man as the thief.

It is not known if arrests were made. No report appears to have been filed.

Well done, officers!

Image: Paddlecraft

Sunday, August 25, 2013

LIAR LIAR: Pants On Fire

A reader forwarded an email exchange that he had with an executive within the Chicago Police Department about our neighborhood's crime problem, specifically beat 1924's rank as #1 for robberies over the past 90 days.

The executive wrote, "Beat 1924 has been number 1 in robberies for the last 6 years yet you choose to attack me. You must have an agenda."

By now, you've probably guessed that the exec's claim that 1924 has been #1 for 6 years is yet another in the long list of lies the department has produced in lieu of improved police protection.

It took us roughly 4 minutes to prove his latest statement wrong, mainly because we had to use Excel and most of us CWBers hate that program. We pulled all robberies in 2010 for just the 8th district:

Robberies on beat 823 in 2010: 141
Robberies on beat 825 in 2010: 157
Robberies within the boundaries of current beat 1924 in 2010: Fewer than 100.

Since the CPD realigned police beats after 2010, we had to filter area robbery history a few times in order to whittle all of Lake View's 2010 robberies down to those within current beat 1924. We stopped wasting time once we realized that the number of robberies would be under 100.

And, no, Mr. Police Executive, we won't calculate the totals for the other 300 beats over the course of six years. And we're equally certain you won't release that information, either. Liar.

PS--If you want to know what it's like to be "attacked," go ask any of the slew of victims who were beaten and robbed while you continued your lies this weekend. They know what it's like to be attacked. You, sir, are merely being fact-checked.

MISCELLANY: Put Yer Dang Clothes On

7:36PM August 24, 2013
DISPATCHER: 915
UNIT 1915: 915
DISPATCHER: Your location?
UNIT 1915: Right next to my last location. What you need?
DISPATCHER: Um…GPS shows you in Lake Michigan, that's all.

11:44PM August 24, 2013
Police were called to the Circle K/Shell gas station at Halsted and Addison because there was a naked man in the bathroom who refused to leave. He was gone when the cops arrived.

2:53AM August 25, 2013
A passer-by reported what they believed to be a sexual assault in progress near Clark and Oakdale. According to the caller, a woman was on the ground while a man in green and black pants stood and pleasured himself as a second man looked on.

Officers made contact with the woman who said she knows the men and there was no need for the police.

ACHIEVERS AND DECEIVERS: The Week In Review

Here are some highlights and lowlights from the past week. Let's keep pushing on!

WINS
Officers found and arrested a man who allegedly pointed a handgun in a motorist's face at Belmont and Halsted Sunday morning.

ABC7 helped spread the word about the serious robbery problem this neighborhood is fighting.

Officers intervened in two robberies on Belmont Wednesday morning and detained offenders in both cases.

Officers witnessed a cell phone theft and chased down one of the two offenders near Clark and Roscoe.


LOSSES
Rather than provide our streets with police saturation teams and additional officers as promised by Alderman Tom Tunney, the police department parked an empty bus on the street to massage perceptions while emergency calls sat in a holding pattern, waiting for officers to become available.

A woman was robbed while walking her dog around 6AM on a Monday morning.

The 19th district police commander flat-out lied on TV, claiming that most of our area's robbery victims are walking in alleys. In fact, only 7% of the area's robberies took place in alleys.

The CPD also lied in the ABC7 report by claiming that neighborhood police beat 1924 is the most heavily-populated in the city. It's not. Right next door, beat 1925 has more than twice as many residents. We didn't even bother to look check beat populations in the rest of the city.

Multiple robbery victims waited more than an hour for police responses Saturday morning. One victim, a 30-year-old Air Force veteran was severely beaten in Wrigleyville and was then robbed. Police caught up with him two hours later in the emergency room.

NEW: Strong Arm Robbery At Halsted/Grace This Morning

 Officers on-scene at a reported strong arm robbery, 3760 N. Hslsted this morning. Image: @ChrisChaten on Twitter
CWB has few details, however, a strong arm robbery was recorded at Grace and Halsted this morning. The first 911 call came in at 7:49AM, giving the address of 3760 N. Halsted.

During their investigation, officers determined that the matter should be classified as a strong arm.

Chicago Police Department case #HW422833

HOME SOUR HOME: Victim Robbed 2 Blocks From His Apartment

A Lake View man was robbed of a phone and cash less than two blocks from his front door by a thug who implied that he had a weapon. The 1:45AM Sunday morning robbery occurred on Fletcher Street, about one block west of Racine.

The offender is described as male, black, in his mid-20's, 5'9" tall, 190 pounds, wearing a black durag, black zip-up hoodie, and jeans. He was last seen heading southbound on Lakewood Avenue.

CPD case #HW422587.

A NEW RECORD: District Runs Out Of Cops Earlier Than Ever

We're setting all kinds of records around here. This morning, the district set another one by running out of police officers and entering Radio Assignment Pending (RAP) status earlier than ever recorded by CWB: 12:34AM.

This morning's depletion is also the longest we've recorded. It lasted 6 hours and 39 minutes, until 7:13AM.

You'd think that with a busload of cops (cough, cough) in the neighborhood, there would be no shortage of officers.

During RAPs, calls for police assistance sit in a holding pattern until a unit becomes available. Once available, a unit is immediately told to handle one of the pending assignments.

RAPs aren't pretty. At 4:49 this morning, an Uptown woman called 911 to report that her roommate had been sexually assaulted, possibly by a cab driver.

92 minutes later, the call was assigned.

Our district has run out of cops at least fifteen times since CWB started tracking RAPs on June 23, 2013

TRUE STORY: Dispatchers Needed 11 Minutes To Find A Cop Available To Answer A Call That Came From Within 30 Feet of This Bus

Image: @CyonFlare on Twitter
Here's an excellent example of our police and politicians using smoke and mirrors to manage "perception" rather than actual police officers to reduce crime.

Last night, there was a big old Chicago Police bus parked in front of 3352 N. Halsted Street. At 1:58 this morning, Roscoe's Tavern, located just one door away from the parked bus called 911 after security detained a man who threw glass into the crowd, hitting several customers.

How long do you think it took for dispatch to find an officer available to handle the Roscoe's call? Take a look at that bus again. It's one door away from the 911 caller.

Eleven minutes. Eleven minutes just to find an available officer.

But, damn. That bus sure looks bad ass.

A CWB reader comments,
That big bus is a waste of time and money it serves no purpose other than to look imposing and has to be accompanied by an actual beat car to make sure no one vandalizes it (read that as a beat car must be held down and not answer service jobs or patrol for offenders)
At any rate, one of the Roscoe's patrons who was hit by glass asked for and received medical assistance. The incident is recorded in Chicago Police Department case #HW422601

BTW, does this whole story about someone throwing glass into the crowd at Roscoe's sound familiar? This may be why.

GUN BUST: Pistol Pulled At Halsted/Belmont, Arrest Made

A motorist called 911 at 4:50 this morning after someone put the undesirable end of a 22-caliber handgun in his face at Halsted and Belmont.

The gunman, a black male wearing glasses and black shirt with white shorts, was last seen walking westbound toward the Belmont L station.

As officers spoke with the caller at Belmont, one of the officers saw a man matching the gunman's description approach the intersection. That man was stopped, searched, and taken into custody at 4:59AM.

Well done, officers!

DAILY TICKER: Sunday, August 25, 2013

The city has released the following new information regarding two robberies that occurred in Wrigleyville on the morning of Sunday, August 18, 2013. CWB's original reports on both robberies are linked below.
Case HW412570 • 3:46AM • 3400 N CLARK • ROBBERY: HANDGUN • PARKING LOT/GARAGE
Case HW412458 • 1:20AM • 3500 N CLARK • ROBBERY STRONGARM • SIDEWALK • NO ARREST
- 90-day violent crime ranking drops from #1 to #3
- 365-day violent crime ranking drops from #27 to #29


The CWB Daily Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

As we've often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.

Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.



Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

¡ARRESTADO!: Cops Catch Cantina Crook

We love to report success stories! Saturday evening starts off with one such tale:

19th district officers jumped on a phone theft in progress at El Jardin restaurant near Buckingham and Clark just before 6pm this evening.

Officers witnessed an offender snatch an iPhone and Rayban sunglasses off of a diner's table.

Police engaged in a foot pursuit eastbound through the alley between Roscoe and Newport, capturing one offender.

The second offender appears to have escaped. He was last seen in the area of 860 W. Roscoe Street.

A witness believes the offender was seen inside of a trash can near Buckingham and Clark later in the hour, but a second search by officers appears to have been unfruitful.

The apparently at-large offender is described as a male, black, 5'8", in his 20's, dark complected, wearing a white/gray t-shirt.

Thank you officers for your quick action and tenacity!

CPD case number HW422205.

UPDATE 13 SEPTEMBER 2013: Corrected the location and added case number

Image: Planet99

OVERWHELMED & UNDERMANNED: So Many Robberies, Even The Cops Can't Believe It


You'd have an easier time guessing the number of jelly beans in this picture than the number of robberies our cops had to deal with last night. We may never know the actual number of people who were victimized. With no police officers available and wait times for even the most extreme attacks taking two hours, you can bet more than one incident went unrecorded by the police.

We've reported on some crazy nights this summer, but none compares to last night. 

Even the police themselves seemed amazed at the number of robbery calls that came in:

6:42AM August 24, 2013
Dispatcher: Yeah, we have a robbery victim injured. He's at Illinois Masonic in the ER. A Miss [deleted] is calling. Her male friend was robbed, they broke his nose and he's in the ER right now. 
Officer: Another robbery? All right. Are you sure nobody did a report [on this case earlier]?
Dispatcher: It just came in. It's fresh.
About 90 minutes before the above dispatch, a person walked into the Days Inn, 644 W. Diversey at Clark Street, and told the desk agent that someone had been robbed. The person who spoke to the hotel employee was gone when police arrived. No report was taken since there was no victim present. It is not known if the Days Inn call is related to the Illinois Masonic matter.

LAKE VIEW ROBBERY AT GUNPOINT: Off-Duty Cop Helps Track Suspects

Two offenders robbed a victim of a Motorola Razr phone near Cornelia and Ravenswood around 10:45 last night. After an extensive search of the area, which was assisted by an off-duty officer who called in a sighting of the suspects, two individuals matching the suspects' descriptions were stopped at Racine and Patterson, one block west of Wrigley Field.

It is not known if the individuals were taken into custody.
The site of a robbery in Lake View last night (L) and the intersection where to suspects were stopped (R)
The offenders are described as follows:

#1 (gunman): male, black, 20-25 years old, 5'7" to 5'8" tall, 160-170 pounds, wearing a dark baseball cap backwards, possibly with a dark t-shirt pulled over top of a white t-shirt. Armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

#2: male, black, 190 pounds, 5'7" to 5'8", with short dreads, wearing a dark t-shirt.

An off-duty officer called the 19th district desk within minutes of the robbery to report seeing two men matching those descriptions walking northbound on Southport from Addison.

A slew of cars responded and the individuals were stopped for investigation at Patterson and Racine.

The Chicago Police Department case #HW421046

UPDATED 3:17PM: Corrected time of occurrence. Had been incorrectly reported as 11:45PM.

SEVERELY BEATEN, THEN ROBBED WHILE DOWN: Police Available 2 Hours Later



Multiple witnesses called 911 at 2:30 this morning to report a man down after being severely beaten near the Taco Bell across from Wrigley Field, 1111 W. Addison. The attack may have happened near Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, but the fire department was asked to respond to the Addison address.

While fire responded promptly, police units were unavailable to handle the call for two hours.

After the Air Force veteran and current South Loop resident was downed by the beating, two other offenders were seen stripping him of his valuables.

Dispatchers tried to assign the call to police again at 2:57AM, nearly a half hour after the man was beaten, but the officer they tried to give it to was tied up processing an arrest in the station.

The victim was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center.

At 4:23AM, two hours after the attack and robbery, a police unit became available to handle the call. An officer contacted the victim at Illinois Masonic and filed his report. Originally classified as an aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, the case was subsequently upgraded to robbery under case #HW421277.

This was only one of last night's robberies in Wrigleyville and Boystown. Other CWB reports today document at least three additional robberies from overnight, as well as a slashing/stabbing near the Belmont Red Line. The entire district was depleted of officers.


Update December 1, 2013

A few items that CWB has learned in the weeks since this incident:

The "dangerous weapon" with which the victim was beaten was  his attacker's orthopedic arm cast. The victim was said to have sustained "serious" injuries according to the police report. In the days and weeks following the attack, the police department downgraded the beating from "aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon" to simple battery.

The decision to downgrade from aggravated battery to simple battery is interesting, particularly since the 19th district asked the 1st district to send an officer to notify the victim's girlfriend of his injuries. Requesting such notification across districts would be highly unusual for a case in which injuries only reached "simple battery" level.

The police report also states that the victim's property was stolen by a second offender and the valuables were taken from the victim's back pocket while he was on the ground. The police department classified the removal of the man's valuables as a "theft" rather than a "robbery."

The battery offender is male, white, about 28 years old, 5'8" tall
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The "theft" offender is male, black, about 32 years old, 6-feet tall.

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?: Robbery Victims Wait Up To 2 Hours For Police Responses

It became eminently clear this morning that our alderman and police commander's promises to provide more police manpower to secure our streets were not sincere.

They lied to us. Again. There was a nice show of force last Friday, but this Friday was an unmitigated disaster.

There is no excuse for what happened last night. None.


 - Hours-long waits for police to become available for robberies.
-  A man severely beaten, then robbed as he was sprawled out on the ground near Wrigleyville's Taco Bell. No officers were available for 2 hours on that one.
- An apparent CAPS officer on Halsted foot patrol tells a purse snatching or robbery victim to walk to the police station if she wants to file a report.
- An officer transporting a stabbing/slashing offender is flagged down one block into the transport by citizens concerned about another man who is bleeding profusely from the head after an unrelated attack.

It was mayhem. And there were no cops. The district entered Radio Assignment Pending (RAP) status at 2:58AM and it stayed there until 6:32AM

At 4:21 this morning, the 19th district dispatcher read of a list of calls waiting for police officers to become available. The list ran so long, the dispatcher eventually stopped saying what the calls were for and just gave addresses. When she was done, an officer in the field offered four words: "Are you kidding me?"

A string of robbery victims from Clark and Belmont to Addison and Halsted called for help, but received none for up to an hour.

The district's critically low police presence reached near-comical levels when a single radio car was given three calls to handle at once:

- A robbery in the area of 3260 N. Clark.

- A hit and run at Diversey and Paulina.

- A robbery at Addison and Halsted in which the victim was chasing two offenders.

Where does one begin with an assignment like that?

On their way to the 3260 N. Clark call, the officers were flagged down by a citizen who had been beaten up near Clark and Belmont in an unrelated incident. It is not clear if a report was filed in this matter.

Nothing is being done.

LAKE VIEW: Woman Strongarm Robbed By Man On Mountain Bike


A woman was robbed in Lake View west of Wrigleyville at 2:25 this morning near Larchmont and Ravenswood. A 911 caller near the scene reported hearing a woman screaming and someone else running.

Officers arrived to discover the strongarm robbery victim who lost her keys, wallet, and cell phone in the attack.

The attacker is described as a male, white wearing a white t-shirt and a backpack. He escaped on a mountain bike and was last seen passing Ravenswood and Grace.

3 ROBBERY/BEATINGS: Just Another Half-Hour In The "Entertainment" District

2:30AM
A woman was strongarm robbed of her purse near the intersection of Clark and School (Aldine) around 2:30 this morning. The offender, described as a male, black, 5'7' to 5'9", 25 to 30 years old, with short curly hair, wearing a long sleeve tan shirt and dark pants, stole the woman's Express clutch purse which contained $50 cash, debit cards, keys, and a black iPhone 4S. Chicago Police Department case #HW421242.

2:33AM
An ambulance was called to the area of the Wrigleyville Taco Bell to treat a man who had been badly beaten, then robbed by two vultures as he suffered from his injuries. The initial attack may have occurred near Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark.

2:57AM
Callers reported that a robbery victim was chasing his two  attackers northbound on Halsted past Addison. No officers were available to take the call. After subsequent calls to 911, an officer became available and took the victim's report around 3:40AM.

The robbery occurred at Halsted and Cornelia, then the victim gave chase, pursuing the offenders north on Halsted, where they were last seen turning eastbound near Circuit nightclub. The attackers' descriptions are:

1) male, black, 5'6" tall, 140 pounds, long hair, red hoodie
2) male, black, 5'11" tall, 160 pounds, wearing black pants and a black sweater.

Chicago Police Department case #HW421251.


CAPS OFFICER TO ROBBERY VICTIM: Walk To The Police Station If You Want To File A Report

A woman's purse was taken around 2 o'clock this morning by a man who ran off through an alley in the 800 block of W. Cornelia. The victim's call for help was assigned to a police unit that could not respond because it was tied up on another matter. About an hour later, an officer on Halsted Street foot patrol made contact with the victim and told her to walk to the station to file a report.
The desk officer classified the case as a theft/purse snatching under case #HW421236

BLOODY BELMONT: Stabbing/Slashing Near Belmont Red Line; Another Person Bleeding Heavily Nearby

Officers called for an ambulance at the intersection of Belmont and Wilton, just east of the Belmont Red Line station this morning at 2:15AM after a man was stabbed or slashed in the neck. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

One suspect is in custody. The incident will be recorded as an aggravated battery with a knife/cutting instrument. Chicago Police Department case #HW421222.

As officers transported the offender in the above attack at 2:34AM, they were flagged down a block away at Belmont and Sheffield by citizens who reported a man bleeding heavily from the back of the head. An ambulance transported the man to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he refused to speak with police officers. No report filed. Witnesses at the scene said the man had been "beaten up by security."

DAILY TICKER: Saturday, August 24, 2013


The city has confirmed four new robberies from last Friday and Saturday. Original CWB reports are linked, if available.

HW411123 • 17 Aug 12:57AM • 800 W CORNELIA • ROBBERY STRONGARM NO WEAPON • SIDEWALK
HW411160 • 17 Aug 1:45AM • 3300 N HALSTED • ROBBERY STRONGARM NO WEAPON • BAR OR TAVERN
HW409798 • 16 Aug 4:00AM • 3700 N CLARK  • ROBBERY STRONGARM NO WEAPON • SIDEWALK
HW409721 • 16 Aug 12:15AM • 3400 N HALSTED • ROBBERY STRONGARM NO WEAPON • SIDEWALK

Ranking for robberies over the past 365 days moves up from #4 to #3(tie)

Ranking for violent crime over the past 90 days moves up from #2 to #1 (tie)


The CWB Daily Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

As we've often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.

Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.

Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.

Friday, August 23, 2013

CHATTER: Comments & Correspondence From The Week

Lost, Found, & Inventoried
From the CWB email:
This morning while walking my dog found a dumped backpack with make-up, stethoscopes, and a prescription med with the name, emailed the presumed victim off the bottle and notified the 19th district. According to linked-in she's a nursing student at UIC. 19 actually sent someone to my house to fill out a report and pick up the bag within 20 minutes.  
He updates today:
Turns out the owner of the backpack lives right down the block…and came by to thank my wife and I personally. Apparently she had her backpack in her car and it was a smash and grab.
Great to hear that there was some good that came out of her unfortunate situation. Readers may recall a similar situation in which a CWB reader found a rifled purse and the 19th district told him to simply throw it away. We like today's story a lot better. Thank you, officers...and thanks to our reader, too.

Mind Readers
From our comments section,
CAPS program needs to go away. Most real Police will say the same thing. It's a waste of $ and time. Results = 0. It's used a PR lying machine. What have we accomplished by these meetings? 
Sadly, we agree. The CAPS officers, and the 19th district has p-l-e-n-t-y of CAPS officers, should be put on the streets. The once-useful program has gone astray and it has actually become a disservice to the community. Nix it.

Not So Funny Meow, Is It?
Moderator-deleted comment of the week:
You pussies don't even know what a bad neighborhood is. 
To the contrary, we do know. None of us at CWB was born with a silver spoon in our mouth. A couple of us hail from very, very bad neighborhoods in other cities.

We see some some unfortunate developments in our great neighborhood. Wrigleyville and Boystown will be much better off if we fix our problems now rather than allow them to become further embedded.

CON-Stat
From the comments section of our report questioning the CPD's false claim that area police beat 1924 is the most heavily-populated in Chicago,


When the city (CPD Brass) makes up bold faced lies such as this, they're essentially giving the Wrigleyville citizens the finger.
You would too, if you had Rahm's boot on the back of your neck and McCarthy's boot up your ass, like they do!
Understood. What we are seeing play out here are the classic symptoms of CompStat gone awry. CompStat is a statistics-driven approach to law enforcement.

District leaders are expected to reduce crime statistics. In Chicago, including the 19th district, the commanders are expected to continuously reduce reported crime, particularly "index crime" even as they are stripped of sufficient manpower to deliver legitimate results.

After going as far as possible with the manpower that they have, they need to find other ways to keep crime "down."

A lack of manpower "helps" by reducing the number of officers available to complete timely reports.  Fewer reports = fewer crimes reported = crime is "down."

It's easy to craft a police report narrative that frames a "low-level" robbery in a way that it can be officially classified as a "theft.," which keeps one crime out of the violent crime index count. Say someone kicks your back door half-way in at 3AM, then runs away when you turn on the lights. That sort of thing can hit the books as criminal damage to property when it may be more accurately logged as attempted burglary.

If we're seeing our police commander make up stories about where people are being robbed around here (not in the alleys, BTW) and the police department falsely claim that beat 1924 is the most heavily-populated beat in Chicago, and ongoing evasion and disinformation antics at CAPS meetings, then why should we believe that the department is being honest with its behind-the-scenes operation?

Chicago's current police superintendent came from New York City's CompStat-driven police department. You can Google the night away on that, but we would start you here,
[…] a combination of pressure to downgrade index crime combined with lesser pressure to maintain crime data integrity has contributed to manipulation of crime statistics.
Thank You
It has been another busy week around here. Thank you--yes, you--for your ongoing support and care for our community. Your emails have been wonderful and sometimes horrifying to read. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

We're looking forward to a enjoying a classic Chicago summer weekend. Get out and some fun!