Friday, January 03, 2014

ROBBERIES IN 44TH WARD: Up 73% Since 2007

44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney's weekly newsletter chimed all sorts of good news about crime being "down" in Lakeview last year. He failed to mention the 25% loss of police officers that caused fewer reports to be filed.

Among his claims is a "4% reduction in robberies" in Lakeview. That may or may not be the case. The public does not yet have full year crime data available to it.

We do know one thing for sure. Tunney does not represent "Lakeview." He is one of several alderman who represent portions of Lakeview.

And the portion he represents has a real problem.

Robberies are UP 73% in Alderman Tunney's portion of Lakeview since 2007, according to the city of Chicago Data Portal.

His ward had 173 robberies in 2006. As of Christmas Eve 2013, that number was 277.

No wonder he wants to talk about "Lakeview" instead of the area HE is responsible for representing.

UPDATE JANUARY 4, 2014: Our original graph erroneously showed the 2006 robbery total as 160. In fact, the 2006 total was 173.
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14 comments:

  1. What beats are under Tunney's 44 ward?

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    1. Portions of 1923, 1924, 1925, 1933, and 1934. In general, his territory is Wrigleyville and Boystown south to Diversey.

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  2. and the center on halsted opened the same year... coincidence? i think not!

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  3. Can you imagine what the true total of robberies would be if the police were available to handle each and every report in a timely fashion ? Maybe up another 10 - to 15 percent or even higher ? Remember, no victim = no report.

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    1. CWB documented 22 robberies between May and December of 2013 that did not result in reports, thus did not "count." Each case had to be more than just someone calling in a robbery for us to record it. Each one had multiple callers, one victim who called multiple times with details, police made contact but did not return to file a report, or the victim opted to not file a report. Our list is at the following link.

      http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/p/list-of-unofficial-robberies.html

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  4. Where is data to find crime in ward 44?

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  5. It is linked in the story.

    https://data.cityofchicago.org/Public-Safety/Crimes-2001-to-present/ijzp-q8t2

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  6. anybody know if they serve baloney sandwiches at Tunney's greazy spoon? if he doesnt, i got the perfect thing; thick sliced baloney on toasted challah with ketchup and velveeta, call it "the Compstat" and serve it with a side of Word Salad and koolaid.

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  7. And he voted lock step with Emanuel for no more cops because both he and Rahm think they are unbeatable.

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  8. He did, but tells his constituents exactly the opposite. After the spate of muggings and attacks on women around Christmastime, I sent an email to the Commander and the Alderman. I got an email response from the Alderman's Director of Community Outreach stating that he is pushing for more police, in response to request that he change his position on hiring more officers. Either he thinks his constituents just aren't paying attention to how he votes, he just doesn't care, or it's just hubris and he doesn't think he can be brought down My guess is some combination of the three. Below are the relevant portions of both emails.

    My email on 12/24/13 (relevant portion):
    Also, Alderman Tunney, please reconsider your position on hiring more police and bringing the staffing of the 19th District back up to the levels it was at before the merger. These criminals are not targeting our neighborhood simply because people have iPhones and other expensive toys - they target our neighborhood because they know we don't have enough police officers to deter or catch them. It's getting worse and more staffing is the only thing that will solve the problems.

    Response from Tunney's Director of Community Outreach on 12/26/13 (relevant portion):
    Alderman Tunney has been pushing for more officers in the 19th District. He co-sponsored a budget amendment that would shift $25 million from the 2014 Police Overtime Budget to hire an additional 500 full-time police officers. While he understands the need to utilize police overtime programs to manage city costs, he believes it is a short-term solution to public safety. He believes the City needs to focus on the bigger picture and not just keep up with attrition in order to prove an adequate long-term public safety plan. This amendment is sitting in committee right now and he is pushing to have more traction on it in early 2014. The Alderman and Commander meet regularly to discuss public safety strategies and the Alderman is committed to ensuring that the Commander has the resources he needs to make Lakeview a safe place to live and visit.
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    Unabashedly LYING to constituents about your position on hiring more police officers. Yeah yeah, of course I'm pushing for more police officers in the district, while you can clearly see I'm voting against more police officers in the district. How freaking stupid does he think we are? And additionally, how freaking stupid are the people who continue to support him in the face of evidence like this?

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  9. This is what happens when one party runs everything everyone falls in line.

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    1. The big question is how will everyone be voting to change things. We voted these people in. We also are part of the problem. Now it's time to fix our mistakes.

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  10. We need a viable candidate who can beat Tunney, and so far we don't.

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    1. Anyone for 4 years is better than what we have.

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