Friday, February 21, 2014

SECURITY BLANKET: Mounds Of Snow, Brutal Cold Keep A Lid On Robberies

This winter has been the 5th snowiest on record and only six winters have had more days with sub-zero temperatures. And that's great news for the crime stats.

One of the primary measures in which our neighborhood's street crime problem can be seen, robberies, has started the year at the slowest pace since 2007 and only one other year this millennium has begun with fewer robberies than we've seen so far in 2014.

Ten robberies were reported on Chicago police beats 1923, 1924, and 1925 during the first 45 days of 2014. Those beats cover the bulk of Wrigleyville and Boystown.

The same area—stretching from Irving Park Road to Belmont and from Southport to Lake Michigan—saw 34 robberies during the first 45 days of last year, the all-time high.

With a 24-incident jump on last year's record-breaking robbery rate, 2014 should show a decline in the category after three record-setting years in a row. Should.

Here's a look at how many robberies were reported in the area during each of the past 14 years, according to the City of Chicago Data Portal:
2014—10
2013—34
2012—15
2011—19
2010—15
2009—14
2008—12
2007—4
2006—22
2005—16
2004—12
2003—8
2002—20
2001—14
Image:  dalje.com
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