Thursday, August 15, 2013

PERCEPTION: We "Perceive" More BS From Police Execs

They just can't stop with the games, can they?

Our district police commander trots out this old chestnut on DNAInfo today
"Even though our stats are very low in every area of crime, perception is what I need to work on," Voulgaris told members of the Southport Neighbors Association at Blaine Elementary School, 1420 W. Grace St. "That is the number one priority for me."
Commander? How about you work on reducing violent crime instead of trying to manage perceptions? We remember when managing crime was the police department's number one priority, not managing perceptions.

But, crime is down, right?
The beat in question — an area bordered by Belmont, Addison, Southport and Halsted — saw an overall decline in crime from last year to this year, with a 9 percent dip.
Yes, commander. But we've noticed that you've never, ever, ever mentioned that the number of police officers in our district is also down. Down at least 25%  since March 2012.

Guess what happens when you have 25% fewer police officers. You get fewer police reports filed. Fewer police reports translates into "fewer crimes." Hey! If we get rid of all of the cops, there would be zero crime. Who's in???

And, finally, our CAPS sergeant puts the icing on the B.S. cake,
"This is the new Division Street," Community Policing Sgt. Jason Clark said Wednesday. "No one goes to Division Street. No one goes to Wicker Park. Everybody goes to Lakeview."
Oh...cover your eyes, gentle readers....that's complete bullshit. 100% pure, unadulterated bullshit. This area has been a major nightlife area for more than 25 years. Ask the bar owners on Halsted Street and Clark Street if business is booming or busting these days. Considering that a Halsted strip bar owner literally told a community meeting this spring that his business is "dying," we are confident that Sgt. Clark's analysis of nightlife trends is way, way off.

Take a look at our Daily Ticker. Yes, robberies are down a bit compared to last year.

The FACT is that last year was the worst on record for robberies in this neighborhood since the dawn of the new millennium.

The #1 worst. The area went to Hell in a surge of violent crime during 2011 and 2012. And it's not getting significantly better.

Another FACT is that if our robbery rate had stayed flat at 2010 levels, beat 1924 would not be the #1 beat for robberies in the city right now. It'd be #51.

Another FACT? If we didn't have all of those extra robberies on our record, beat 1924 would be #74 in violent crime instead of in the top 10.

You don't want to compare our neighborhood with other neighborhoods? OK. Then compare our neighborhood now to our neighborhood before. Let's look at what it was and what it could be again if the people in charge put their energies into managing criminals instead of trying to manipulate the minds of citizens.

Stop it with the game, officers. Stop telling everyone that things are great compared to last year. Tell us about how we stack up to 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001.  You know, the years that us long-time residents remember. The years you so-called leaders were working somewhere else.

Tell us how we stack up in the number of officers patrolling our streets today compared to each of the past 15 years. Go on. We dare ya.

Our "perception" of a problem is based on personal experiences and facts provided by your own department. Let's get over the perception and on with the solution.


  1. 'Figures lie, and liars figure.' Quite simply, we need more manpower, properly deployed. We have the crime stats, entertainment venues, and population numbers to warrant more officers.....many more. Voulgaris also needs to put more officers on the street between 8P.M. and 4A.M. He can do that with his tactical teams without running afoul of the contract.

  2. The man has clearly learned nothing on the job.
    Soviet-style manipulation and propaganda.

  3. Your graphics keep getting funnier!

  4. So the course of action is clear. Commander Voulgaris needs to be removed and replaced with someone who will ensure this neighborhood is policed like the neighborhood that it is (#3 on Money Magazine's big city list) and not Fremont St in Vegas.

    We need real police leading the way in 19, not some politico hack who parrots the CinnaBun Midget's party line.

    Our home equity, businesses and good thing are on the line.


  5. None of this was a major problem before they combined the 2 districts into 1. Since then the number of beats has gone down from 18 to 15. Just look at the old maps. And you're right CWB, the issue is the overall decline in manpower, a verboten topic for the police.

  6. Oh wait, it's just as bad as last year? No big deal, I'll just do what I did last year - spend the insanely stupid amount of money I waste drinking (which the county/city takes 10 fucking pct) elsewhere. The less crime ridden areas deserve my patronage. I see no reason to spend any money in this area until things improve.

    Perception management is an abominable, thoroughly reprehensible way to 'solve problems'. I see it to be beyond irresponsible and indicative of how our class of ruling elites views its constituents.. The fact CAPS employees community organizer type liars is farcical.

    This is crazy, I can walk outside my house and see 6 different gang tags on the corner of school and Sheffield. It's ridiculous to have to walk around at night constantly checking one's "6." How does this very wealthy community accept this type of protection?

    I say we attack the problem at its root and boycott anything Tunney owns. In fact, I'm tempted to wait for the next RAP and smash out his office windows on school. Who is going to stop me?

  7. My perception is that Voulgaris is a fatass liar.

  8. Vulgaris is a Moron! Are we supposed to accept "Perception"? What about "Reality"? Vulgaris is another Political Hack Loser posing as a cop.

  9. Anonymous said...
    The man has clearly learned nothing on the job.
    Soviet-style manipulation and propaganda.

    Thursday, 15 August, 2013

    Seems to me that he has learned Chicago style politics to a t. Lock step, check!

  10. I'll bet there's tremendous pressure from the mayor to keep pushing this theme.

  11. Walking home tonight (8/15 9ish), I did notice more police presence, especially at Halsted & Belmont (presumably because the night ministry was out). Uniformed officer walking around the SW corner, CPD SUV parked in front of the Belmont stop, and another driving down Belmont. Even had an unmarked car check out three people who were loitering around on Orchard St right outside my building in a dark area. It looks like the pressure for a greater police presence in the area may be paying off.

    Thanks for starting this blog. My GF and I have been living in Boystown for three years now and love it! Citizen involvement is what will keep this place a great area to live in.

  12. God help me....when I read garbage like this from the CPD, it makes me want to leave this area that I've called home for over 20 years and move to Naperville.

    Perhaps we should start a movement to get all residents FOID cards in the hopes of having everyone certified when conceal and carry finally becomes completely legal. I bet the loser criminals will go hunt elsewhere when they realize the victims have armed themselves.

  13. FYI .. didn't read this news from the reports of the recent public meeting with the commander. Is it believable?

    Lakeview Top Cop Bringing Back Foot Patrols Amid Crime Concerns

    Hope it's a reality ASAP.

  14. My computer might have glitched, so if this is a duplicate, just delete.

    The commander's statement about declining patronage at the Division St. bars is patently ludicrous. Just drive by at 11pm to 2am any Friday or Saturday night. And those few blocks have ample police presence, including typically a paddy wagon parked right there.

  15. What a caring and thoughtful guy: I'm sure it's very comforting to the robbery and beating victims to know that statistically crime is down a few percentage points... from last year's record high. And did I mention incompetent? One only need to look at the crime reports to know when, where and how to shift resources.

  16. Oh, I fully expect our amazing moderators to develop a T-shirt that says "Crime isn't the problem, perception is!"

  17. His claims are right in line with McCarthy and the Mayor and they apparently think we are all stupid or crazy! Any way if this is the new Division street then why don't we have the same police presence Division Street used to have? on weekends they used to block the whole street off to traffic and have multiple wagons and no less than 10 police on the one block!! Clearly since no one goes to wicker park or division street - as he says - then there ought to be some extra police officers from those areas to bring here!!

  18. Just wait, crime is down 9% in your neighborhood. 4 months from now crime will be down 7%, but the police wont mention that thats a 2% increase. No, they'll just mention that compared to last year crime is down 9%, and 4 months later crime is down 7%, or 6% or 5% compared to last year when its actually up. And you dont just have that problem in wrigleyville & boystown, thats a chicago problem. Notice how a few months ago murders were down almost 50% in the city compared to last year? Then a month or two later murders were down about 30 something percent, and now its around 25%. How do they think no one notices that these percentages are steadily dropping? My PERCEPTION is crime continues rise even when its "dropping". Well I've rambled long enough lol.

    -North Austin Neighborhood Resident

  19. You know what really makes me sick? No matter how disenchanted and disgusted I may be with this administration, I question how someone can be voted out of office when they continue to accrue largest campaign war chest? And why do they get to leave office and take the majority of it with them?