Thursday, February 06, 2014

NO REPORT, NO CRIME: Robbery, Pepper-Spraying Incidents Go Unrecorded

Two incidents from early this morning give us a little taste of what lies in the warmer weeks ahead. Neither matter was formalized with a police report. As always, since these victims didn't file reports, these incidents won't be included in crime statistics because they never "officially" happened.

Crime disappears if no report is filed.
Attempted Robbery In Wrigleyville
Two robbery offenders fled empty-handed when their would-be victim's phone rang mid-mugging. The victim called 911 at 2:30AM to report the incident, but they asked to remain anonymous and did not wish to speak with police.

According to the victim, two men were in the process of robbing him near Waveland and Magnolia, a couple of blocks west of Wrigley Field. When his cell phone rang, they jumped into a black Chevrolet that had its front bumper hanging off and drove west on Waveland. The car was occupied by a woman.

Suspect descriptions:
1-Male, black, gray skull cap, tan coat
2-Male, black, red jacket with a hood
3-Female, black
The First Macing Of 2014
Ah. Pepper spray. It could be the official smell of summer in parts of our neighborhood. This morning, the first "macing" of 2014 was reported. The 1:55AM call came from a male victim at a predictable location: Belmont and Sheffield.

Pepper spray has become a leading weapon of choice, particularly among female muggers who "work" in our neighborhoods.

No report was filed for this morning's incident.
Image: CoValence Laboratories
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19 comments:

  1. ...or "female".

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  2. Why even report on these incidents? They didn't happen as no report was filed...........................

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    1. If the police computers that record the incident reports for some reason go down, will our crime rate drop to zero?

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  3. We could have 50,000 officers assigned to this district that wouldn't be able to do a single thing about "crime" where people call 911 and say they don't want to talk to police or worse yet, when the police take time away from handling other matters to attend to "victims" who don't want to file police reports. When I look at your list of "unofficial" crimes from last year, it looks like over half of these "crimes" as you call them are situations where it looks like there was a timely police response (because your list is very clear when the response is NOT timely) but the "victim" wouldn't or didn't want to file a police report. Yes, no report, no crime, because there's nothing that can be done through the judicial system without a police report, --that's not the alderman, mayor, police commander or the dog catcher's fault, it's the way it is. Perhaps if those "victims" who choose to make a false alarm to the police didn't then there would be resources available for the other half of that list to get a timely response.

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    1. Being a victim and not filing a report is worthless. While victims have every right to not report their crime or to refuse police service, they do so to everyone's detriment.

      BTW, just to be clear, incidents on our "unofficial" list are not included in any statistics that we publish. We maintain the list as a reference.

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    2. Thank you, CWB. The criminals are the most to blame (duh) but these victims who do not report - and I don't care about a lack of cops, as there is a station within walking distance - only help lower the crime percentages and bolster the mayor's decisions to reduce beat cops.

      File a damn report, fools.

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    3. I think the one thing that made me the most furious that your site spoke about wasn't about Tunney, Vulgaris, Rahm or any of those actors - but it was when you revealed that several area busineses NEVER press charges against some of the criminals and quality of life abusers who need to be taken off the streets.

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    4. Another little tidbit... comparing your list of the 22 "unofficial" robberies with your list of "RAP Status", 4 or 18% of those "unofficial robberies" that appear to have gotten a timely police response but no cooperation from the "victim" occurred when the district was within 1 hour of entering or during a district "RAP status". And your list of district RAP status starts over a month after your list of unofficial robberies, so who knows how many of the 10 (45% of your count) unofficial robberies that occurred before you started tracking RAP's occurred during that time. Some of those look pretty straight forward that there were insufficient officers on the street, but the majority of them look like they got a timely response. I'm sorry, but when I look at this post and especially your comments under the illustration, it comes across as the city manipulating numbers for crime to be down, but I really wouldn't consider this crime if there's no cooperation.

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    5. Maybe the dispatcher should make it clear that thy will not waste a unit if victim doesn't plan on filing a report. proble solved :)

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    6. the only victims who do not make police reports have something to hide themselves.

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    7. Anonymous said..."Another little tidbit... comparing..." etc

      You are inferring things that were not implied. We are not known for our subtlety and innuendo here.

      Also, being within an hour of a RAP is somewhat akin to being almost pregnant.

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    8. "the only victims who do not make police reports have something to hide themselves."
      No. If so, a ton of people have a ton to hide.
      The people who don't file are overwhelmingly just lazy and impatient or drunk.

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    9. Some people don't realize they must give their names when reporting crime; revealing warrants for their arrest. Oops, never mind.

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  4. did the macing accompany a robbery of any sort? still a crime no matter what, but just wondering...

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    1. The victim simply said he had been "maced."

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  5. There's an "app" to make your phone ring when you want it to. An OCD male flight attendant I knew was the first to discover it years ago. Glad it's found a purpose now.

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    1. I fail to see how it helps. Phone rings; you grab it; perp grabs it.

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  6. Why not enter the dispatched call about the helicopter from the fire on LSD keeping someone awake?

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