Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DAILY TICKER: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The city released the details of the following robberies today.

Case: HW446381
Date: Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 6:59PM
Block:3200 N RACINE AVE
Location: SIDEWALK

Case: HW447429
Date: Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 3:30AM
Block: 900 W BELMONT AVE
Location: SIDEWALK

Case: HW446743
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 3:05AM
Block 900 W ROSCOE ST
Location: SIDEWALK

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. I moved out of Boystown quite some time ago (1997) but always visited regularly for brunch, shopping, cocktails, market daze, etc. This summer I stopped. I stopped doing a lot of things. Started when I wasn't feeling IML so I skipped it. Ditto for Midsommarfest, but that was mostly because of the crappy weather. Couldn't take my Heineken out of North End during Pridefest so... only had one. That was my last Pridefest BTW. Couldn't take my Heineken out of North End during the parade so... only had one. Yeah... I think that was my last parade. Figured it would be the same at every neighborhood fest so I spent all my weekends by the building pool instead. If it's not gang problems, it's parking meter problems so instead of eating out a lot, I fired up the grill. Instead of going out every Friday and Saturday I drank at home or at friends. Stopped late night runs to Steak N Shake or Superdawg. Skipped, yes SKIPPED market daze even though Andy Bell is on my bucket list. So I had a pretty uneventful, homebody kind of summer. Yesterday I looked at my bank balance for the first time in a few months. Yes, I am THAT disorganized. I found over $2000 more than I expected. Two thousand dollars! I knew I wasn't spending money like previous years, but DAMN! Two thousand dollars! So I'm thinking Palm Springs. I'm thinking Key West. I'm thinking Toronto. You know, someplace where I won't have a gun shoved in my face. I really do need to sit down and write the mayor and the entire city council a thank you note for ignoring crime and wasting money the city doesn't have on more schools, libraries, planters and those wonderful underpass murals that seem to be popping up everywhere. I've been trying to save money for years and here I did it unconsciously with little real effort. Yeah... I'm thinking Key West for Halloween.

  2. < I'm thinking Toronto >

    Toronto's gay area has gone downhill too, as has the whole city. Right winged Ontario and city government over 10 years has had its socio-economic effects.

    Montreal is better. Gay Village is much bigger, more vibrant, has much better food, certainly much safer than Chicago's, and even Toronto's. St Catherine Street East is pedestrian only in the summer. Bus from airport will take you directly there, or commuter train from Dorval will leave you in downtown.

    Just don't jaywalk. Cops will cop out of the woodwork and give you a ticket.

  3. I can relate to the commenter who gradually just stopped spending money for entertainment in Boystown. There used to be a marketing campaign regarding AIDS that had a tagline about sex without a condom "It's not worth your life." I have adopted that tagline everytime I consider going to a Boystown bar or restaurant and have found that I now never go. It is not, in fact, worth my life.