"OMG, this is becoming just like Detroit!", said 20 year old Meghan from Naperville while contributing her cash earnings from her waitress job to her favorite Lakeview charity.
Brazen and in broad daylight. This is less than a block away from where I live. The criminals are getting more brazen and bold, because they know they're not going to get caught. I have LOVED this neighborhood for the several years I've lived here and was going to buy here, but after the increasing crime and violence of the past year+, I will absolutely never buy here. It's heartbreaking to watch this neighborhood be allowed to be overtaken by crime and violence. And to watch it getting worse and worse at such a fast rate - to go from iPhone snatchings to muggings with beatings to now large-scale larceny and a rape on the 400 block of Belmont this weekend. Emanuel and McCarthy should be ASHAMED of themselves to be willfully allowing this to happen to residents of this city.
Print out this blog, especially the part about RAP status, and Fedex to the State Attorney General on a weekly basis to demonstrate Emanuel and McCarthy are in dereliction of their duties.
And share it with your neighbors. They need to know why they are referred to a telephone call center to file police reports. Are they enjoying that 20-minute hold to tell an officer on the phone that someone broke into their house? It will also help them understand why, when the police department DOES send an officer, it can take forever--literally hours--for a cop to show up.Of course, if you take a moment to speak with your neighbor about this, they will quickly understand how understaffing a huge police district causes fewer reports to be filed and sends crime "down."
It seems these crimes involve either people coming to the neighborhood and taking the EL back or driving here, committing a crime and then jumping into a car to speed off. I feel like both crimes have weakpoints that should be exploited, either by looking through video footage at the el stops for people that match the description to put on fliers (or ideally having cops actually at the stops when descriptions are circulated) and/or installing more cameras around the neighborhood to be able to pick up license plates of cars used in these crimes. Driving to another neighborhood and using your car as a getaway car seems awful risky, but it doesn't sound like it actually results in my car id's. If we had some way to increase the odds of getting a license plate picture of these cars as they use main roads to leave the area, that would go a long way I imagine in finding the criminals.
It's probably a stolen car. You have to stop thinking like a law-abiding citizen and start thinking like a criminal thug.
Valid point, but still seems that getting the license plates is an effective strategy because (1) unlikely that all the cars are stolen and (2) even if they are stolen and the plates are changed, that would help identify the car later, say, on a speeding traffic stop, etc. I can't help but feel that there have to be some weakpoints to stealing stuff, jumping in a car and driving away that law enforcement isn't properly exploiting.
There are not enough cops available even when the perpetrators are captured and held by citizens awaiting for a cop to show up. And you still think the cops are doing "investigations"?????
One question mark gets the point across. And yes, I think police still investigate.
We know the CTA stations are loaded with cameras.Yet, the public never sees the CTA surveillance photos of the crimes in action or of the perpetrators? Well, we did see CTA photos of one perpetrator who opted to strike directly in front of the alderman's office. But what about the dozens of other robberies?This may surprise many readers, but "routine" robberies are NOT aggressively investigated. If they were actively investigated, we are certain that they would quickly make connections between incidents.
Just like patrol, the D Unit is severely short on bodies. It's not because they're lazy.
I agree with everything you wrote but I don't know what to do to change it.
@Anonymous - Come to the CAPS meeting for your beat (check http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cpd/provdrs/police_services/svcs/find_caps_beat_meetings.html). Sign the petition to Alderman Tunney. Check the link at the top right-hand side of the CWB homepage, and click the link on Help: Make Things Better - there are several ways to get involved listed there. Join Citizens for a Safer Lakeview - email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the group. There are people who are working toward making positive changes, and they could use all the help they can get. We are all just one person, but together we CAN make a difference and make things better. There are ways you can work to effect positive change - please join in!
Great response, Sarah. Thank you.
Like Sarah said, Citizens for Safer Lake View seems to be making a difference - one baby step at a time. You,,and ANYONE, who wants to make a difference, should email email@example.com or another email that was on here - firstname.lastname@example.org. They can get you in touch with information.
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I've been to CAPS meetings. They are masturbatory exercises in futility.
Sadly, yes...BUT it seems from that last meeting that a light was turned on ... and the Commander is starting to listen to us...slowly, but his ear is open.
When is next caps meeting? I figure the moreangry people like us attend, the futility will stop(i hope).
Next CAPS is Wednesday, Nov 6th @ 7PM 850 W Addison.
Good thing there are several other options and ways to get involved, as stated above and found listed on this website. Take your pick. But if you're just going to complain about the problems in the neighborhood and not do a damn thing to try and help or fix them, how is that helpful? If you want to see a change, participate and try to make a difference. Just complaining, bringing other people down, and bashing people trying to make a difference serves no purpose.
Maybe Tunney likes Helen Schiller's record in Uptown so much he's trying to duplicate it here.
I pay taxes and expect that they fund sufficient police protection. I have a career and a family and a home and a life and I don't have time to "get involved," whatever that means. I should be able to live my life without fear. I have attended CAPS meetings before and they are useless. Until there are more police officers on the street, the crimes will continue to escalate regardless of how warm and fuzzy it makes anyone feel who thinks "getting involved" makes a difference.
You need to find a way to make your expectations known. Otherwise, you're just bitching to your keyboard.
Anonymous, I take offense to your comment about getting involved making one (me?) feel warm and fuzzy. It makes me everything but. Instead, it makes me nervous; it challenges me beyond my comfort zone; it takes up my valuable time (I too have a life); it has taken some of my funds and it will take more in the future.I also pay taxes and "expect" them to fund sufficient police protection. We all "should" be able to live without fear. But expect all I, or you, want it will make no difference unless we actually insist upon this...by getting involved. The only difference between me and you, then, is that I am trying to do something beyond expect and complain online. We have some success already and are working on more right now.Yes, do complain...LOUDLY...REPEATEDLY...POINTEDLY...EFFECTIVELY...in the right direction, to the right people and things WILL change! I'm starting to learn about who these people are, etc. Do you know? I hope you'll take the time to try because if you love this neighborhood, it will require more people unified with one, consistent voice to take it back. Rahm Emanuel, CPD Superintendent McCarthy and Alderman Tunney are not your allies! They will not protect you. That has been evidenced. We have to fight for it this time, like it or not.