Tuesday, October 08, 2013

BUILDING BLOCKS: Here's Your Sign

Block clubs ahoy!  There's a good amount of chatter today about Alderman Tom Tunney's hope to form block clubs to combat crime.

Snark aside, we are big fans of neighbors looking out for neighbors and we are looking forward to seeing this idea grow.

Although, we aren't quite sure how effective they will be if there aren't enough police officers to provide timely responses to the clubs' calls for assistance.

And just look at the attractive signage a block club can produce. If the idea takes off, we may have found something to replace the much-missed giraffes on Elaine Place.

4 comments:

  1. I have repeatedly heard that "Loitering" is not against the law in Chicago. Is that true or not?

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  2. ^Absolutely true. Even in Detroit they will be forced to "move along" with a verbal warning (by voice or bullhorn), lights in their face or, if in groups, shoved by the iron push bars on the front of squad cars. CPD doesn't have those bars on their vehicles.

    For whatever reason, questioning someone hanging out in one spot for 7 days in a row with no sense of purpose while harrassing and haranguing (then violently attacking) has been deemed "unconstitutional" in happyland aka Chicago.

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  3. Excellent point, CWB. If the police department receives more calls, how do they intend to send officers to more reported incidents. Yet another example of politicians shifting the burden and supplying no realistic answers. We need to hold the politicians and police accountable for providing viable solutions.

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  4. Anonymous said...
    Excellent point, CWB. If the police department receives more calls, how do they intend to send officers to more reported incidents. Yet another example of politicians shifting the burden and supplying no realistic answers. We need to hold the politicians and police accountable for providing viable solutions.
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    Indeed. We support neighbors getting to know their neighbors and keeping an active eye on things. It's a good thing.

    It is not, however, the full answer.

    The skeptical ones here at CWB believe this announcement is a a diversion from other news, but even those dark souls feel block clubs have a role to play.

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