"Are these robberies happening earlier and earlier?" We get that question a lot. Today, our Stat Guy has the answer: Yes.
From January through August 2013, 30% of our neighborhoods' robberies took place between 6AM and midnight. In September, that number was 35%. October, 52%. In the November early-going, it's 83%.
To be sure, late night is, was, and always will be street robbers' preferred hunting time. But is the migration toward "less palatable" robbery hours a fluke or a long-term shift? Only time will tell.
Source: City of Chicago Data Portal & Chicago Police Department CLEARMap for beats 1923, 1924, and 1925. November total includes robberies that have been issued case numbers but have not yet been added to the city's public databank.