Tuesday, October 22, 2013

CWB TICKER: We're #2!

We've made it. Police beat 1924, which covers the area between Halsted and Southport and Belmont to Irving Park Road is no longer ranked #1 for the most robberies over the rolling 90-day period. We're now a very strong #2.

While cooler weather is a factor in the improved standing, much credit must go to the Chicago Police Department's mopping up of several thugs responsible for recent crimes. 

Here is the robbery information from the city as well as an updated CWB Ticker.

Since our last ticker, the city has released the following robbery information. CWB's original reports, if available, are linked via the case numbers.

Case: HW491622
Date: Sun, 13 Oct 2013 2:00AM
Block: 900 W BELMONT AVE
Location: CTA TRAIN

Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:30PM
Block: 900 W ROSCOE ST
Location: SIDEWALK

Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 3:05AM
Block: 700 W ADDISON ST
Location: STREET
The CWB 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.