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.

8 comments:

  1. Once Rahmbo or his goons gets a whiff of this Trib story, it will be buried in the archives come tomorrow. Someone on the Trib editorial board will get a spanking too.

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  2. It might get buried in the archives only if it were thorough reporting. Sadly, the Trib has let most of their beat reporters and editors go, and this brief piece, which doesn't press any city or CPD officials to explain the crime increase, is probably the best they'll do. A solid report would have included that as well as details on what's happened to CPD staffing levels under Emanuel. And a daytime Wrigley Field photo that was clearly taken years before the 2013 date in the credit doesn't really have much to do with where and when the crime problems are now.

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  3. How important are newspapers now adays and actually buys them ?

    That's why Blogs like this are popular. At least it does not get tons of pop-up ads, does not litter your C drive with tons of cookies, and you need not register yourself.

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  4. Someone posted on my nextdoor.com news feed that police were ticketing loiterer's around Sheffield/Belmont last night. Can anyone else confirm that this was happening?

    Roger

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  5. Incorrect sir. If you are stabbed or shot during a robbery it is recorded as a robbery. The Uniform Crime Report has a hierarchy of offenses and robbery is higher than battery. Also in reporting by CPD the new system would require multiple classifications. In the incident you refer to the first primary classification would be the robbery - armed, the second would be the aggravated battery (stabbing). the hardest thing to correlate is the fact that with district consolidation these robberies were spread out over a couple of beats in 2 different districts. Now that they are being reported in a single district on a newly lined beat they are more prominent. The real problem is staffing. The 2 old districts had 18 beats; now there are only fifteen. The district has lost about 100 officers since consolidation to retirement, promotion, voluntary transfer, etc. None have been replaced. The district does not get any benefit from citywide or area units that are always sent to the west side. There are more cops on days than on midnights (overnight). The afternoon shift is all gone by 1230am. Manpower on the tactical team has been depleted and 1 team is now working in uniform on Clark Street overnight. Tourists, residents, drunken patrons etc walk about without regard to their surroundings, oblivious to the fact that crime can occur. Want to know why robberies are up? These are some of the reasons. It's the perfect storm.

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  6. Anonymous said...
    Incorrect sir. If you are stabbed or shot during a robbery it is recorded as a robbery. The Uniform Crime Report has a hierarchy of offenses and robbery is higher than battery. Also in reporting by CPD the new system would require multiple classifications. In the incident you refer to the first primary classification would be the robbery - armed, the second would be the aggravated battery (stabbing).

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    Understood. Thank you. We should have been more clear.

    In incidents that involve multiple crimes, only one offense appears in the databases that are available to -ciivilians-. In the case that we linked to, the incident is listed as an aggravated battery w/a knife/cutting instrument. So, the robbery portion of that incident does not appear in the stats that we post.

    There was another incident this past weekend in which a man was severely beaten to the point of being classified as an aggravated battery. He was also robbed. When that incident's info is released to the public, it will be classified as one and only one crime. If history is any indication, that crime will be aggravated battery. It will count toward all appropriate categories in the "official" stats.

    Thank you for all of your comments and for your readership. We greatly appreciate your support and participation.

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  7. Where do you guys find all your information on the specific crimes in a given area? Thanks for the blog guys all these thugs need to be stopped and CPD needs to step up the staffing,'it's getting out of hand.

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  8. Hi Anonymous,

    All statistical information on CWB is derived from the city of Chicago's database at https://data.cityofchicago.org/Public-Safety/Crimes-2001-to-present/ijzp-q8t2

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