Tuesday, October 01, 2013

FIRST IN WORST: 2013 Pacing As Worst Year For Robberies


Data source: City of Chicago

CORRECTION 18 October 2013: The 2008 total shown in the graphic is incorrect. There were 120 robberies as of September 21, 2008.

As we roll into the first of October, CWB is giving our Daily Ticker the day off.

In lieu of the ticker, we've put together this less colorful line graph that shows how many robberies our neighborhood had experienced as of September 21 in each of the past 13 years.

2013 is essentially flat compared to 2012, which was the worst year on record. 

There are signs of a better effort being made by the police department to inform the public about the problem in our neighborhood. Only a complete, long-term commitment with greater resources than are currently deployed will get this line back to where it used to be.

Lord knows, we've seen half-hearted efforts that quickly fade away before. Let's stay out of the time warp this time.

Statistical stuff and data sets are below.
We always provide online access to our data sets, which are sourced at the City Data Portal. Details are provided for every crime, including dates and addresses rounded to the 100 block.

The data set used to create this graph is available for your review here.
The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.

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.