Tuesday, December 17, 2013

TICKER: 2013 Officially Ties For Worst Robbery Record

We're going for the gold medal!

With last Monday night's robbery of Milt's BBQ For The Perplexed, Wrigleyville and Boystown has tied 2012's record for worst annual robbery total in the neighborhood this century.

The Milt's hold-up was the 233rd recorded robbery of he year

There have already been other reported robberies since Milt's, but the city quarantines crime data for a week and there won't be an "official" new record set until we see how those events have been recorded.

For now, here's the info regarding robberies in our neighborhood that the city has released since the last CWB Ticker update. Our original reports of incidents are linked via the case numbers, when available.

Case: HW545939
Date: 11/24/13 1:10 AM
Block: 006XX W GRACE ST

Case: HW553181
Date: 11/30/13 2:00 AM
Block: 007XX W ROSCOE ST
Location: SIDEWALK

Case: HW557704
Date: 12/3/13 9:45 PM
Block: 035XX N RETA AVE
Location: SIDEWALK

Case: HW561663
Date: 12/5/13 3:00 PM
Location: CTA BUS

Case: HW561828
Date: 12/7/13 3:00 AM
Block: 035XX N RETA AVE
Description: ARMED: HANDGUN

Case: HW562803
Date: 12/7/13 11:40 PM
Block: 33XX N CLARK ST
Description: ARMED: HANDGUN
Location: ALLEY

Case: HW565115
Date: 12/9/13 10:41PM
Description: ARMED: HANDGUN

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.


  1. Love you guys, love this blog. So have the police bosses asked you yet for a sit down to ask your advice and also maybe the mayor can listen to what you have to say and do something to take the streets back in this neighborhood and bring more officers to work here during these high crime times. keep up the reporting we love you on our side. We the People......

    1. Thank you for sharing such kind words, Anonymous.

      No, we've not been asked. To be honest, though, they don't need our advice. We have great confidence that the Chicago Police Department has all of the knowledge and skills to quash the problem this neighborhood is experiencing. This district simply does not have enough manpower to do the job right.

  2. My head is still reeling that someone would actually think the police bosses and mayor would ask anyone for a sit down to seek advice. Can anyone really be that out of touch with the power structure of crooked Chicago politics? Where do such naive people come from?

  3. No surprise to me since the alderman tells people that speak up at caps meetings to " shut up ".

  4. Maybe they'll all knit scarves for the underprivileged kids at COH while their having their meeting lol. This blog is doing the job that the media should be doing - it's not doing anything related to what the CPD does to fight crime.

    1. I wish someone in the media would do a story about all the mayhem going on up here. Let word get around to all the people in the Chicagoland area AND to potential tourists.

      What gets results? The almighty dollar!

      And if people are afraid to come up to Boystown & Wrigley, you better believe that the bar owners on Halsted & the Rickett's family will DEMAND more police protection for their customers.

      It is an outrage that the criminals are so out of control here. It's not like we live in a cheap neighborhood.

  5. What is the average annual per capita tax contribution to the City of Chicago from residents living in district 019 vs. district 007? Now, what is the CPD headcount in each district? Shouldn't these two metrics correlate positively, instead of negatively?

    1. Outrageous, that's waysuss