Thursday, August 01, 2013

TIME WARP: With A Bit Of A Mind Flip / You're Into The Time Slip


Yesterday afternoon, a couple of rumbles came out about a community group being at the 19th district station talking about additional night patrols. Then, Tom Tunney posted a response on Facebook (!) about possibly having a police saturation team here on weekends.

Nothing has been formally announced, so we will have to wait to see what develops.

We appreciate and support all efforts to get things under control now.

But we also know that every July or August for the past few years, stop gap measures have been put into place to punt our neighborhood's problem into autumn's cool breezes in the hope that winter would allow the citizenry to forget all about what happened. And we citizens do a bang-up job of forgetting. (Where are those cops on four-wheelers that buzzed the neighborhood streets for a couple of weeks in 2011?)

Unfortunately, autumn and winter are not providing the same protection from thugs that those months used to provide. Ask the 19th district police commander who had his ass handed to him over this year's January robbery rate.

But this problem will not go away until the people in charge of your safety deploy mid- and long-term solutions instead of stop gaps.

This is not about crime in Lake View
This is not about crime in Lake View. Nor is it about crime in the 19th district. Taken as a whole, LV is one of Chicago's safer neighborhoods and, as a whole, the 19th district is one of the city's safer districts.

The violent crime problem is concentrated in a roughly one-half-of-a-square-mile section of Lake View.  It's a serious problem, it's driven by robberies, and it has not been seriously addressed with long-term strategies since it started to kick in over four years ago.

Don't let this punt into winter cycle repeat itself.  The sooner a permanent plan is in place and executed, the sooner we can get back to enjoying our once-great neighborhood 24 hours a day instead of just 16.

Now, put your hands on your hips and bring your knees in tight. See if anything sounds familiar in the time warp:

August 2009
[I]t was standing room only as concerned business owners, residents and members of the LGBT community stood shoulder to shoulder at local Boystown eatery, Nookies Tree, to try and make sense of the recent rash of crime that is plaguing the neighborhood. - Chicago Now, August 8, 2009
The majority of the robberies have occurred in the midnight and early morning hours. Reports conclude that most of the attackers travelled in groups, and police said the muggers have mainly targeting [sic] men in their twenties. - Skyline, August 12, 2009
"I’m very confident that the resources allocated for this community are substantial,” said the alderman, noting that the area had recently been allocated additional bike police. - Skyline, August 12, 2009
July 2011
“We’re asking the police department to create an entertainment district force similar to what they did in Rush Street back in the day. Today’s youth are in Boystown. They’re in Wrigleyville. Those districts are very compact. They make up a sizeable portion of my ward. And I would like to make sure that we get the police resources on the late-night shift,” Tunney said. - Chicago Sun-Times, July 6, 2011
Still, Tunney said he was not wedded to the idea of a special police unit — just “whatever the police can do to increase the resources on the third shift — maybe a different deployment strategy.” - Chicago Sun-Times, July 6, 2011  
Lt. Maureen Biggane, a police spokeswoman, said “additional area resources will be deployed as needed to address community concerns and to ensure adequate coverage at peak times.” - Chicago Sun-Times, July 6, 2011
Commander Boehmer ended the meeting by telling the crowd there would be additional police resources on the street between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. - GoPride.com, July 6, 2011

July 2012
Tunney has worked with the Chicago Police Department to designate a portion of the Lakeview area, including North Halsted, as an entertainment district. The designation would mean a specific night tactical detail would be added for the area. - GoPride.com, July 24, 2012
A private security team of armed officers, wearing green shirts and bullet proof vests, has been hired to maintain safety in Boystown and the North Halsted Street entertainment district. - GoPride.com, July 24, 2012

July 2013
I am working very closely with Commander Voulgaris, who is putting strategies in place to address these robberies. - Tom Tunney's Facebook page, July 16, 2013

10 comments:

  1. The past years have proven that Tunney is a pathological liar regarding crime matters. His "up your butt" grandstanding regarding Wrigley Field is even more of a pathetic joke when comparing the priorities of neighborhood crime vs signs at Wrigley.

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    1. Couldn't agree more regarding Tunney's pathological lying, and fucked up priorities.
      Add being spineless, condescending, and stir!!!
      The recipe for a pathetic human being.
      That said, how best to spread the word?
      This blog is no doubt the most accurate, concise, and well written source for timely reporting of crime in our once safe and amazing neighborhood.
      I'm thinking of a plan that would give readers access to a PDF that we could print and copy and distribute outside the Addison, Belmont, and Wellington stations.
      Outside bars, hotels, crappy Swedish restaurants.
      To friends, neighbors, newbies to the neighborhood when you see them moving in.
      Something eye catching with the web address, some stats, headlines, bitchy aldermanic comments, dates if upcoming CAP meetings.
      By no means am I a graphics guy, but I am willing to do my part by making copies, leafleting and talking with people who need to know this information for their own safety.
      Knowledge is power. We need numbers on our side. Lets keep this momentum going and even speed it up!!!!
      Ideas? Suggestions? Likes? Willing to take part? Willing to take part?

      Danny in Boystown

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  2. Danny in Boystown--

    Have at it, Danny. Let us know if we can help with high-res pix or other needs.

    We've written it before and we'll mention it again here. We are not going anywhere. We know first hand what happens when citizens are not properly informed of a very obvious, dangerous problem.

    Five not-too-bright people formed this blog. Within 3 months, we managed to irrefutably identify the exact nature of the problem and the concentrated geographic area in which people are being victimized.

    The police and politicians, assuming that they're doing their jobs, have known about it all along.

    Let us know how we can help. Thank you for caring about our neighborhood and your neighbors. It's a pleasure to have you here.

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  3. Crime In Boystown said...
    The police and politicians, assuming that they're doing their jobs, have known about it all along.
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    For clarification, we mean the executive level police. The ones who are in charge of strategy and deployment.

    Of course, the street cops experience it, so they know, but they have no control of things. Every single street cop we've spoken with has been amazing and wholly supportive of getting the word out about the neighborhood and the policing issues. We aren't blowing smoke either.

    PS--CAPS officers are not street cops in our estimation. They're police officers. They have stars. They can arrest you, although we're pretty sure a couple of them wouldn't be able to remember how to run the computer system. But they are absolutely not street cops.

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  4. alderman. the overnight shift is first watch not the third. thx

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  5. I'm booted off Tunney's facebook page. I guess what did it is when I asked him if this edition of the Inside-Patch was as welcome as the businesses he welcomed to our dangerous neighborhood. I also wondered "out loud" just how many patrons of the businesses he welcomed were already mugged. What a fake Tunney is! He keeps a few negative comments so one who stumbles in thinks the page is balanced. In actuality, of course, Tom's facebook page accurately reflects just how unbalanced he really is!

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  6. Paul@justoneperson.netAug 1, 2013, 5:25:00 PM

    @ Danny in Boystown (and anyone else)...please drop me an email at paul@justoneperson.net.

    We're trying to do just that (getting the word out and educate). We could use you (and anyone else)!

    Thanks!

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  7. Jeff on BuckinghamAug 1, 2013, 7:34:00 PM


    Tom Tunney deserves blame for crime matters.

    BUT, Tunney is "just one guy" too.
    He's not the King of Lakeview. He's part of the city council.

    If you want to toss blame around more evenly, let me suggest a few more people to stick it to on Facebook and elsewhere:

    -Commander Voulgaris
    -Garry McCarthy
    -Rahm Emanuel

    I could suggest more people.

    I think Tom's gotten the message and feeling the heat. I think at this point, what he needs now is for us to go and direct some of our attention on these other people who can help him fix this situation.

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  8. Jeff on Buckingham said...

    Tom Tunney deserves blame for crime matters.

    BUT, Tunney is "just one guy" too.
    He's not the King of Lakeview. He's part of the city council.

    If you want to toss blame around more evenly, let me suggest a few more people to stick it to on Facebook and elsewhere:

    -Commander Voulgaris
    -Garry McCarthy
    -Rahm Emanuel

    I could suggest more people.

    I think Tom's gotten the message and feeling the heat. I think at this point, what he needs now is for us to go and direct some of our attention on these other people who can help him fix this situation.
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    There's plenty of people who need to hear from the citizens. Thank you for the suggestions, Jeff.

    CWB agrees that the alderman is one part of the problem and one part of the solution. His worthiness will be measured by how he handles this issue through mid- and long-term strategy. See our "Time Warp" post from this morning

    http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/2013/08/time-warp-with-bit-of-mind-flip-youre.html

    We said it on the main page and on our Twitter: Thank you, Alderman Tunney, for taking these important first steps of a short term solution.

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  9. I've been following this blog for sometime now, however this is my first comment. I frequently come into Lakeview from the suburbs to blow off steam from the week, and of course blow a considerable amount of my hard earned discretionary income on the weekends at the bars and restaurants, specifically on Halsted, and let me tell you I've personally witnessed the transformation of the neighborhood. Last night myself and my group of friends got stared down hard core by a SUV full of thugs blaring their music on Halsted and Cornelia outside Hydrate, All wearing sunglasses and just looking for trouble. They quickly turned down Cornelia and were just looking for their next easy victim. My friends and I were tempted to report it, it was that creepy. I personally think I will be taking my business elsewhere after this experience. I shouldn't have to worry about this crap when we are coming in spending as much money in this neighborhood as we do. Both Halsted and Belmont literally are crawling with thugs on every corner. It is not a safe neighborhood and don't feel save even on the busy streets let alone the side streets in the neighborhood and my friends also try and park as close to where we are going to end the night, so we don't have to walk through the mayhem and or potentially become a victim and we do avoid restaurants that are away from Halsted once the sunsets. It's fascinating the city is letting this happen given the amount of revenue this area brings in. I praise this blog for everything they are doing and keeping us all informed. Keep up the great work guys and hopefully things will improve with any luck.

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