Tuesday, August 06, 2013

CAPS: Just A Little Note From Us


CAPS meetings around here used to be great experiences that were dedicated to making our neighborhood better. We wish they would go back to that format.

Unfortunately, as tomorrow night's CAPS meeting approaches, we have a sneaking suspicion that there may be attempts by the CAPS officers and white shirted/gold starred police officers to discredit our blog and our reports rather than agree that there's a problem and work with us toward solutions.

Lies, Damned Lies, And Statistics
First, this: It is a fact that out of Chicago's 274 police beats, Wrigleyville and Boystown's beat 1924 is the #1 beat for robberies in the city of Chicago over the past 90 days; it is the #6 beat for robberies over the past year; it is the #8 beat for violent crime over the past 90 days; and it is the #28 beat for violent crime over the past 365 days.  This information is accurate as of 3:00PM on Tuesday, August 6, 2013.

You can navigate your way to the stats page at ChicagoPolice.org. Or click here for a quick link.


As you can see, the CPD web site says there were 42 robberies in beat 1924 over the past 90 days. Is it wrong? No. It's exactly correct. The Chicago Data Portal lists exactly 42 robberies on beat 1924 over the past 90 days. Here they are.


Note that all CPD  data is quarantined for a week before it's released online, so the time period covered by the 90 days ended 7 days ago.

We have also uploaded a spreadsheet of this data set for exploration and examination.

These are facts. Not our opinions. Not our non-existent, top secret devious plan in action. Facts. They are facts provided by the same police department that our CAPS officers and police executives are sworn members of.

We will not waste time fact-checking the other rankings that are produced by the police department itself.

Our Crime Trend Graphs
Our crime graphs are generated using data provided by the Chicago Police Department via the City of Chicago Data Portal. We upload spreadsheets of the raw data for anyone to review, correct, and critique.

Ask a CAPS officer about an increase in crimes over the past 90 days and they'll switch the topic to a more favorable period of time. Maybe the last 60 days. Or maybe compare those 90 days to last year's same 90 days. There are a bunch of robberies this month? That's an uptick. The 90-day trend is fine. On and on.

Somehow, some way, though, we've upticked our way up up up. It's no longer an uptick. It's a gosh-darned uptock.

CAPS officers love to throw out numbers with no data to support them. We provide the numbers and open access to the information for anyone to critique. Open access to information? We're big fans.

Crime Stories
It's almost crazy that we feel the need to say this. We never, ever make up statistics or stories. Ever. Do we make mistakes? Of course. We also post corrections when people set us straight and we've eaten crow a couple of times. We support our stories with Chicago Police Department case numbers whenever possible. If anyone suggests that our stories are false or wildly incorrect, get specific examples. Then email us or post it anonymously in the comments. 

We have a reader and a media specialist who are dying, dying to file Freedom Of Information Act requests.  We stand by our reports and we post corrections when we learn of errors. Always.

Also keep in mind that the Chicago Police Department this year severed ties with two community news outlets, denying reporters access to crime reports. The CPD will not allow you to check their information nor will they provide you with details for examination. They expect you to trust them. Don't. Not when it comes to this.

Then, Sadly...
People at these meetings who are supposed to be protecting and informing us also sometimes engage in another activity. They drop little nuggets of false information about people who dare challenge their baloney. It sounds ridiculous, we know. A little right-wing nuttish. Or left-wing nuttish for that matter. A little like we may be typing this in a bunker on Buckingham Place.  Except some of them do do that. They usually do this in one-on-one or small group chats after or before meetings. Little things about "those people." We know this happens because, last year, one such CAPS officer dropped a juicy tidbit about one of us in a conversation with - - -wait for it - - - the targeted person's spouse.  We affectionately call that CAPS officer the "R-man." Care to guess how the R factors into the story? Fortunately, we haven't seen the R-man lately. Maybe they transferred or got promoted.

End of Speech
That's it. There will probably be some other silliness. But the facts are the facts and the facts come directly from the Police Department itself.

And our motive/agenda/secret mission is very simple. To inform our neighbors and drive our leaders to take action that will get our neighborhood back to the safe, relatively non-violent neighborhood that we all know and love. Period.

If it turns out that we've reached the point that our neighborhood CAPS operation finds itself disputing statistics generated from within its own building, well, we suppose now you understand why the violent robbery problem has gotten to the point that it has.

Most Important Is This
We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to all of the hard working cops on the street who work to protect us every day and night under trying conditions with little support. You came to our aid when four of us were victimized on the streets of Wrigleyville and Boystown in separate incidents over recent years. You remembered one of us a few weeks after our incident when you saw us on the street. You asked how we were doing. We will never forget what you did for us nor will we ever forget you. Thank you.

UPDATE: Added "left wing nuttish" reference for good balance.

25 comments:

  1. If you want a real good scare, get the police scanner app for you phone. Take a listen some evening. Guaranteed to scare ya. But don't worry, crime is down....nothing to see here, keep moving.

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  2. What's the 19th district feed for the scanner app? Mine always shows it offline.

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  3. Hi, anonymous. The online feed of the 19th district used by most apps had been offline for weeks. We wish it were up. We'd invite you all too listen in.

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    1. paul@justoneperson.netAug 6, 2013, 5:52:00 PM

      Funny that its been down. Any other district down? ;)

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  4. What can we do to get it back up?

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    1. Start by buying me a drink

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  5. The site is called broadvastify aka radio reference. We will look into it, but would appreciate it if a neighbor could take it on. It's pretty cool. It even archives the audio for a few weeks so past events can be reviewed.

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  6. I don't have a scanner or would I guess you have to hook it up to the internet.

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  7. paul@justoneperson.net said...
    Funny that its been down. Any other district down? ;)
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    Now that is bunker on Buckingham thinking.

    It's unrelated.

    Thanks for the chuckle.

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  8. It's a shame you're bringing your hatred for "right winger nuts" into the blog. Makes you lose all credibility in my mind and I'm sure others.

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  9. Anonymous said...
    It's a shame you're bringing your hatred for "right winger nuts" into the blog. Makes you lose all credibility in my mind and I'm sure others.
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    Point well made, Anonymous. We're okay with right winger nuts, we suppose. People who own bunkers on Buckingham, though, not so much.

    Thanks for the laugh and for being a part of the blog!

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  10. the have the main channel up for citywide and couple other districts
    but what you need is a good scanner and find what sidebands they work on and then you might hear more
    they go citywide or district to district and then the side bands

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  11. I'm at a loss as to how to effectively communicate my anger and frustration about the crime at the CAPS meeting...especially when knowing the responses will be lies.

    It's even more frustrating to read some of the thoughts of readers who actually try to validate and justify Tunney's complete failure to address crime. One of them wrote that "at least he wasn't as bad as" Sandi Jackson or Blagojevich. So now the standard for elected officials is "at least he wasn't as bad as..."??? How low can one set his standards?

    I guess we should hold a parade for Tunney because "at least he wasn't as bad as Adolf Hitler"?

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  12. Go to radio shack and buy a scanner. It's not all that exp - look at how much in prop taxes you paid last year! :). Anyway, the freq is 460.05. I listen nightly - there is so much going on that you never even hear about....

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  13. paul@justoneperson.netAug 6, 2013, 9:48:00 PM

    Now that is bunker on Buckingham thinking.

    It's unrelated.

    Thanks for the chuckle.
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    Sadly, I'm that kinda person who has to ask these things. ;)

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  14. Jeff on BuckinghamAug 7, 2013, 12:25:00 AM


    I was the one who referenced Sandi Jackson and Blago.
    I was trying to illustrate that Tunney puts in the hours at his office and I see him around the ward. He doesn't seem to be using his office as a short-term stepping stone to a higher office.
    The issue of crime is just one of many measurements that you can use to evaluate Tunney's performance.
    In this regard, I would give him low marks on crime. But I would give him higher marks on infrastructure improvement, economic development, and education.

    Here's a sincere question: Can Tunney fix the problem of crime by himself?
    If you're an expert on the powers and authority of an Alderman, explain to me, step by step, how it works.
    Does an Alderman control the police budget in his ward?
    Does an Alderman have the ability to shut-down a not-for profit because it attracts thugs?
    If Tunney wanted more police resources to come here, how would he go about that?

    Am I way off the mark to believe that Tunney is just a small cog in the Chicago machine? I think Rahm and McCarthy are better equipped to reduce crime than Tunney is.

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  15. I noticed a pretty heavy police presence tonight, especially unmarked cars, between Irving park and Addison on pine grove. Nice to see a few bike patrols and 3 or 4 of those sneaky unmarked new ford explorers as soon as the sun went down. What are the chances looney Tunney kept his word and got some extra cops around here?

    As far as police scanners go, I have an app for my Android called Scanner Radio. It's free, and I think there's an IPhone version too. Broadcastify is nice if you're just in front of the computer all the time, but the app is simple to use and mobile.

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  16. Anonymous said...
    I noticed a pretty heavy police presence tonight, especially unmarked cars, between Irving park and Addison on pine grove. Nice to see a few bike patrols and 3 or 4 of those sneaky unmarked new ford explorers as soon as the sun went down. What are the chances looney Tunney kept his word and got some extra cops around here?

    As far as police scanners go, I have an app for my Android called Scanner Radio. It's free, and I think there's an IPhone version too. Broadcastify is nice if you're just in front of the computer all the time, but the app is simple to use and mobile.

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    Hi Anonymous.

    Thank you for posting our observations. Those new Explorers are pretty wicked aren't they?

    Did you see the increased police presence on Pine Grove around 8pm? If so, that may be because there was a purse snatching at Pine Grove and Irving Park at that time.

    The Scanner Radio app, like all scanner apps that we are familiar with, use Broadcastify (Radio Reference) as the source of their feeds.

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  17. so glad i live in Uptown where it's safe. neighborhoods change and lakeview is getting worse while others get better. just saying

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  18. I noticed a pretty heavy police presence tonight, especially unmarked cars, between Irving park and Addison on pine grove. Nice to see a few bike patrols and 3 or 4 of those sneaky unmarked new ford explorers as soon as the sun went down. What are the chances looney Tunney kept his word and got some extra cops around here?

    Don't get your hopes up about increased police manpower. Those cops were looking for 2 bike thieves who fled to Pine Grove from the lakefront.

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  19. The 019th district is DOWN 70-90 officers since the merger. FACT. Not one opening has been put up for bid since the merger. Midnights is soooo short officers half of the beat cars are down for the night. FACT. check it out.

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  20. I'd say I saw the extra cars around 9pm. I guess it was "just one person's" wishful thinking.

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  21. Jeff on Buckingham said...

    I was the one who referenced Sandi Jackson and Blago.
    I was trying to illustrate that Tunney puts in the hours at his office and I see him around the ward. He doesn't seem to be using his office as a short-term stepping stone to a higher office.
    The issue of crime is just one of many measurements that you can use to evaluate Tunney's performance.
    In this regard, I would give him low marks on crime. But I would give him higher marks on infrastructure improvement, economic development, and education.

    Here's a sincere question: Can Tunney fix the problem of crime by himself?
    If you're an expert on the powers and authority of an Alderman, explain to me, step by step, how it works.
    Does an Alderman control the police budget in his ward?
    Does an Alderman have the ability to shut-down a not-for profit because it attracts thugs?
    If Tunney wanted more police resources to come here, how would he go about that?

    Am I way off the mark to believe that Tunney is just a small cog in the Chicago machine? I think Rahm and McCarthy are better equipped to reduce crime than Tunney is.
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    If Tunney does not have the clout to increase the police presence in our Ward and if Tunney does not have the clout to shut down shifty social service agencies attracting criminals to the Ward and if Tunney blatantly, repeatedly lies at CAPS meetings about what his knowledge of crime in the Ward is and about what he is doing or will do about crime, then he deserves to lose his job. Period. Trying to justify that incompetence by saying he spends time in his office is lame and one of the reasons we got stuck with him in the first place.

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  22. Jeff on Buckingham said...

    I was the one who referenced Sandi Jackson and Blago.
    I was trying to illustrate that Tunney puts in the hours at his office and I see him around the ward. He doesn't seem to be using his office as a short-term stepping stone to a higher office.
    The issue of crime is just one of many measurements that you can use to evaluate Tunney's performance.
    In this regard, I would give him low marks on crime. But I would give him higher marks on infrastructure improvement, economic development, and education.

    Here's a sincere question: Can Tunney fix the problem of crime by himself?
    If you're an expert on the powers and authority of an Alderman, explain to me, step by step, how it works.
    Does an Alderman control the police budget in his ward?
    Does an Alderman have the ability to shut-down a not-for profit because it attracts thugs?
    If Tunney wanted more police resources to come here, how would he go about that?

    Am I way off the mark to believe that Tunney is just a small cog in the Chicago machine? I think Rahm and McCarthy are better equipped to reduce crime than Tunney is.
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    Hello Jeff on Buckingham.
    I would say Yes. You are off the mark to believe that Tunney is a small cog in the Chicago machine.

    You see Jeff, the way I see it, as a newcomer to Chicago is that when someone points to successes (as you have) then starts to suddenly backtrack because there has been a failure (crime rate), well that points to incompetence in a key indicator to quality of life in the NEIGHBORHOOD HE IS PAID TO REPRESENT. We heard him screaming to the high heavens about Wrigley Field didn't we?
    When it comes to crime, as has been pointed out quite clearly in this blog, the Alderman claims he knew nothing about Beat 1924 being #1 in the city for robberies, and #10 for violent crime...that is willful ignorance or incompetence. Perhaps both.

    You stated...
    "Here's a sincere question: Can Tunney fix the problem of crime by himself?" No. Don't ask stupid questions like this. You knew the answer. What we do expect him to do, is not even ATTEMPT to downplay the severity of the situation. It's up to HIM to come up with a plan. That's his job. Remember?

    "If you're an expert on the powers and authority of an Alderman, explain to me, step by step, how it works." Nope not even close to being an expert. He is though, and wow you sound like a Tunney apologist or staffer.
    "Does an Alderman control the police budget in his ward?" I don't know. He didn't control the budget for Wrigley renovations either, that didn't stop him from warning the Cubs that he'd be up their butt, did it?
    "Does an Alderman have the ability to shut-down a not-for profit because it attracts thugs?" I'd like to think that if he had the stomach for a fight that meant something to the betterment of his community, he'd lead the charge.
    "If Tunney wanted more police resources to come here, how would he go about that?" ARE YOU SERIOUS with that last question??? Thankfully there are commenters on this site that are quite a bit more knowledgeable than myself on the administration of the Police force. What I'm suggesting to you is, quit attempting to push all this garbage back on the constituents. I'm having none of it. It's time for the Alderman to step up.

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