Monday, September 16, 2013

DAILY TICKER: Monday, September 16, 2013

The CWB Daily Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

As we've often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.

Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.

Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.

Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:

The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.

The CPD realigned our area's police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012.  In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.

Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.


  1. Come be HEARD Tomorrow Night-Hawthorne Neighbors Mtng Tues9/17,EdBldg-Resurrection Luth Church(Seminary/School),Starts 6pm w/ Crime& Safety Report from Cmdr Voulgaris

  2. Letter to Hawthorne neighbors received this afternoon

    Note our the lies. Note the perception line. Note crime is down George Orwell.

    On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM, Voulgaris, Elias A. wrote:
    I need to apologize. I thought the meeting was for tonight. I was planning to attend, but just learned that the meeting is tomorrow. I apologize I cannot attend tomorrow as I will be attending our yearly vigil for Chicago Police Officers who died in the line-of-duty. I will send Sgt. Clark. However, I was planning on updating you on the following:

    1) Robberies: my officers have made 7 arrests of individuals for robbery in the last 2 weeks in the Lakeview area. Two were arrested for one robbery, 2 were arrested on a separate robbery. I have placed officers on patrol in spots where robberies have been occurring and it is working. The Detectives are looking at whether these subjects were involved in past robberies; which I feel they are responsible for several.

    2) Homelessness: homelessness has always been associated with Uptown. However, as many of you have noticed, homelessness is affecting all communities. I was directed to be part of a Homeless Outreach Task Force with the Department of Family and Support Services. I will now field a Homeless Outreach Team with 2 officers assigned who are Crisis Intervention Trained, that will work with the Task Force.

    3) Shelters (The Crib): I strongly feel that the Crib should dedicate its beds to individuals who are making a good attempt at getting back on track. It is not fair for homeless individuals showing up in hopes of getting a bed, only to be turned away. This way, homeless individuals will know to seek shelter at another social service provider. I received a lot of flack about a statement attributed to me. I did not state that they should stay out of Lakeview. I stated as I said above, that it is unfair to individuals truly seeking help. And yes, when individuals are turned away they do end up sleeping in alleys or gangways or on person's property, which not only causes concerns by residents, but also places these individuals in possible harms way. I also did not imply that all homeless individuals are creating problems or crimes.

    4) I wish to thank all of you for doing your part!

    As stated before, I am using all my resources to combat not just robberies, but all crime. Crime is down in Lakeview, but I understand that perception is not parallel to this. I have placed more visibility which many have told me is being seen and is appreciated. I also requested additional resources. I can sit down with any of you in the future and discuss further details, but I do not want to discuss via email.

    Sincerely and Thank you!


    Commander Elias Voulgaris

    Chicago Police Department

    19th District

    850 W. Addison St.

    Chicago, Illinois 60613

    (312) 744-4155

  3. Crime is down in Lakeview? ELIAS must be drinking more of Rahm kool aid!

  4. Oh, please. Of course crime is down. He said so, and Tunney said so, so it must be true.

    What a crock of shiite. I'm sick of this. I hate to bail but it might be my only option if I have another weekend like the last one. My business is already down 15% over last year and I don't need to have customers coming in telling me about the horrendous things they have heard about the neighborhood.

  5. "Perception". I don't think the good Commander understands that many of us in Lakeview are pros in various professions of persuasion -- advertising, PR, marketing, political advocacy. We're far better at messaging than he and the alderman, and our radar is too sensitive for goofy 101 "you think it's this way, but it's really this way" Jedi mind-control repetition. Whereas the alderman can't deliver anything to our ward beyond sad second-hand sentences, the Commander does have the **potential** to positively affect the situation. I do wish that he and those who control him would reset the conversation -- this is grad school, not pre-K. This neighborhood is a potential partner, and should be spoken to as such.