Thursday, January 23, 2014

IMPORT PROBLEM: Robberies Continue Their Mass Migration To Wrigleyville & Boystown

Want to watch as violent crime migrates to our neighborhood? Now you can.

Chris Chaten has put together an outstanding series of heat maps to illustrate our neighborhood's problem in 10 seconds.  (Watch his animation HERE.)

While the 19th police district had roughly the same number of robberies in 2013 as it had in 2008, the unfortunate fact is that those crimes have migrated from across the district and are now heavily concentrated in our neighborhood.

This is one reason that, confronted with Wrigleyville and Boystown's crime concerns, Alderman Tom Tunney and police department representatives change the yard stick on you. They'll talk about crime being "down" in Lakeview or "down" in the 19th district.

We wrote about his last week. Of Chicago's 50 wards our 44th ward has seen the biggest increase in robberies and the smallest decrease in overall crime since 2007. Get the low-down HERE.

The next time you ask about your neighborhood and a politician or police executive starts quoting some other set of statistics, get them back on track. Your question is about your neighborhood. They need to answer and respond to your concerns.

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16 comments:

  1. How has Uptown been so effective at reducing their crime?

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    1. Maybe, and I can't say for sure, its residents actually did something instead of waiting for someone else to do it, as is the case with many in our neighborhood.

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    2. @Riz- Maybe that's the reason, but I doubt it. Would you be willing to be part of a protest? I know I would do it if we had enough people that would pledge to do it also. Personlly I wouldn't do it f there were only 10 or 15 others or if it was in front of stupid 7-11. I don't understand why CWB people haven't tried to do this??? Also, what ever happened to the petition that was going around? Sure would be nice to get a update on that. With everyblock back online I think we could reach a large amount of people...

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    3. Hi Anonymous,

      The petition is linked in the banner at the top of every page when CWB is viewed on a desktop computer or the "web version." The banner links are tucked away in a menu on phones.

      The CWB editors decided early on that our role is to inform our neighbors, allowing them to take action and form groups as they see fit.

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    4. I would attend the protest.

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    5. I would attend a protest but frankly I'm more interested in finding a candidate who cares about these issues and can beat Tunney

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  2. It appears the "eye" of the storm has shifted a block or two west, from Belmont/Clark (or Belmont/Halsted) to the Belmont Red/Brown line station.

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  3. The animals in uptown do Not like the cold weather, so the crime will always be down in the winter. Now in boystown and wrigleyville the easy picking for cell phones never stops, never any police around till after the fact just take the redline down to addison or belmont collect a few or more phones and go back home on the redline like it was your work day lol. The only thing that will help reduce the crime in the area is to have a saturation team in 019 in the areas of wrigleyville and boystown, they roam around do stops go to jobs the have their own sgt. It's like a little platoon that comes to an area and takes it back from the criminals till the move on and quit coming because it's so easy for them. just a thought, an idea to Reduce crime in 019..

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  4. It appears Uptown gave their assholes a map and bus fare to Boystown.

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  5. I am guessing most people in Uptown don't have the income and Iphones we do in our hood....since I live next to the Cesspool on Halsted, I know where to find a cop if I need one......in their lobby of course

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  6. Uptown has Block Clubs. Other then Stratford Place in Lake View, at least officially, we have none.

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    1. How to Block Clubs keep crime down? Just wondering?

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    2. The citizens of Uptown have their own blog, and they're active in fighting crime in their community, instead of burying their heads in the sand.

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    3. Uptown Update is quite a bit different from what we do here. Here's a link...

      http://www.uptownupdate.com/

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  7. One of the comments above is absolutely correct. Farther south in the district is a more target rich environment. There are always people on the street at all hours. There are several escape routes via the CTA stations. It's become a more lucrative area. In Uptown, once Truman lets out, the streets are thin with people. There are no late night haunts that attract potential victims. As Uptown, in the cold weather, becomes a ghost town, Wrigleyville still provides a ready supply for the thieves.

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