There's a widely-held belief that as the summer weather fades away, so does criminal activity.
Don't believe it.
The criminals who rob victims on the streets of Wrigleyville and Boystown continue full speed ahead through September, October, and well into November according to data acquired from the Chicago Police Department.
This graphic displays the total number of robberies reported by month in the area of current police beats 1923, 1924, and 1925 during the years 2008 through 2012.
There are indications that even the deep-freeze months no longer provide protection from the thugs.
A whopping 27 robberies were reported in the neighborhood during January this year. That's nearly three times the average for Januaries.
It will be important for the police department and neighbors to be relentless in our fight against the criminal element that has taken root in our area.