Saturday, August 24, 2013

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.

16 comments:

  1. I just tried to call 911 to report three suspicious guys in Ravenswood. Line rang and rang, no answer. Tried three times for more than five minutes and no answer. Is that normal? I know it ain't right.

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  2. Go by THE MAYOR"S HOUSE I bet you can find a few cops in front and back of HIS house!

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    1. There's been two recent robberies right near Rahm's house, too.
      Back to Lakeview, why isn't Ald. Tunney hosting another public meeting at InterAmerican like the one in 2011.
      This time, Rahm and Garry should be there, too.

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  3. I was rob two weeks ago and called 911 for 90 mins with no one picking up.. something needs be done about this.. the city needs hire more cops in this area asap...

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  4. I was out and about in the neighborhood most of the day and saw a pretty noticeable police presence. Around 4:30 there was a police sSUV and a police BUS (a big CTA-sized bus bus) sitting in front of Roscoe's. Hopefully this is something new...and will be out there late when the trouble begins.

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    1. Michael please don't drink the commander's kool aide. 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)

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  5. Myself and others from the suburbs can't be the only ones not coming to Chicago. I can't imagine the loss of revenue to the hotels, restaurants, bars, taxis, etc.

    Politicians and the Chicago police brass need to have a fire placed underneath them to do something.

    Good luck!

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  6. Jeff on BuckinghamAug 24, 2013, 6:51:00 PM

    That bus seems like the police equivalent of having a lemonade stand or a bake sale. I hope they're using the fine payments to bankroll more policemen.

    Ha, ha, I'm sorry, I barely got that sentence started before laughing at myself...more police.

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  7. I saw many police on bikes out today. What a waste, nobody is beaten and robbed until the sun goes down. I did appreciate seeing them out however. With tonight's perfect weather, you can almost guarantee its going to be a crap show tonight. Be careful out there folks!

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  8. Erin Duffy is director of community outreach for Tom Tunney. Everyone should email her about lack of response to crime.

    Erin.Duffy@cityofchicago.org

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  9. How are we running out of cops. how many cops are working in our ward? i dont understand.

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  10. It's really a shame how this area has gone down. I hope things take a turn for the better, but at this rate it doesn't look good. I saw the special segment on ABC this past Monday regarding all the crime in boystown. The coverage was very disappointing. The rest of the week was filled with how crime has gone down and tourism is way up. I've never seen such a city in such denial. Maybe it's time that chicago learns a couple of things from cities like LA and NYC. Both really seem to have a grip on their crime. I don't even go into the city anymore because I don't feel safe with all the thugs ruining around and the lack of police. This city is going in the direction if New Orleans and Detroit.

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  11. This neighborhood simply doesn't have enough cops to respond to calls and it's not the only one. And many beat cops will tell you that. The spin by the mayor and McCarthy is just that: pure spin. The reality is that the police are way understaffed. But the mayor and aldermen keep diverting millions of tax dollars to TIFs they can dole out for things like the DePaul arena and condo developments. As long as the mayor and aldermen like Cappleman and Tunney favor their TIF slush funds over common-sense spending like hiring enough cops, crime will continue to be endemic in Lakeview and it will continue to spread in other neighborhoods that used to be pretty safe. We need to change that in the next election by dumping the mayor and his rubber-stamp aldermen. Enough already!

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  12. "Go by THE MAYOR"S HOUSE"...

    ...and you'll probably be stopped and frisked.

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  13. Citizens need to pay attention and inquire as to what and why things are done. Talk to others who may have an idea and many will be surprised as to the actions the cuty is pulling without u noticing.

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  14. Anonymous said...
    Erin Duffy is director of community outreach for Tom Tunney. Everyone should email her about lack of response to crime.
    Erin.Duffy@cityofchicago.org

    Oh, that can do little good to email Erin. Twice now I've received rather formulaic responses to emails about crime issues from her, with a promise of a reply from Tunney on one matter. One month later, I'm still waiting for that reply from Tunney. Seriously, on two different matters, I received the same pre-worded response from Erin.

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