Thursday, February 06, 2014

STEALING HOME: Police Department Identifies Burglary Pattern In Wrigleyville

UPDATE 07 FEB: ABC7 leads its 5pm newscast with this story tonight..

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Brace yourselves, Dear Readers. It seems the police department has determined that there have been a lot of burglaries in Wrigleyville lately.

You may have gathered this by reading CWB's posts over the past two weeks. Like HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. Oh, and HERE.

How many burglaries have there been? According a DNAInfo Chicago Thursday night,
Beat 1924 — an area bordered by Addison, Belmont, Southport and Halsted — saw 14 burglaries between Jan. 1 and Feb. 5, up from three last year.
There have been so many burglaries, our police district leadership has decided to reunite the 19th district's burglary mission team, which was unceremoniously dumped a few weeks ago.

Isn't it amazing that when the police brass stops running anti-burglary missions, burglaries skyrocket? Who'da thunk?

According to alderman Tom Tunney's newsletter on Thursday:
Over the past few weeks, the 19th district has seen an uptick in burglaries.  In most cases, the thieves are targeting homes during the day, while people are at work or out of town. It is essential to always create the illusion that someone is home. Leave lights on when you go out or if you are going out of town, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening. It is also a good idea to leave a radio or television on to make your home seem occupied...

...Unshoveled walkways with no footprints are an easy indication that no one is home.  Avoid having your mail pile up while you are gone for a few days and either arrange for the Post Office to hold your mail of have a neighbor pick it up daily.

This is an issue that I am working closely with the police on and Commander Voulgaris has now put a burglary team on every watch to address this issue.
Image: David Goodis 
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38 comments:

  1. An idea what is going on tonight?

    About a half hour straight of sirens and another half hour of a helicopter circling.

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  2. Fire? That chopper has been out (in a wide pattern around the east end of Diversey) for a long time. 45+ min @ 11:35pm.

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  3. Tunney always claims to be "working closely with the police" and "meeting with the police." What exactly is occurring when they are "working closely" and "meeting"? He tries to imply that he is some kind of major league coach who will have some miraculous effect on the police. But the fact is that nothing improves...crime continues to escalate...it gets worse everyday. Maybe if he stopped "working" and "meeting" with them and went back to bussing tables at his cruddy restaurant, the police could do their jobs and things would actually improve.

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    1. I agree. If the police commander needs the alderman to tell him how to do his job, why isn't the alderman the police commander? And what qualifications does the alderman have for directing police work?

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  4. Thank you, Commander Voulgaris, for getting the burglary team back together. Clearly that was a necessary team. We appreciate your timely response to a serious issue. We need this kind of respond to overall crime. In other words, we need more police.
    This is where you come in Alderman Tunney. No more voting for budgets that don't include more police like you just did. Oh, nevermind. It's like talking to a brick wall.

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  5. Bullshit. That team has not been put together. Each watch was simply told to address burglaries, especially those on 1924 as a priority and assign people to the problem. There aren't enough cops in 19 to address all the issues the alderman & commander talked about: entertainment team, burglary team, business liaison team, Cubs detail team, auto theft team, etc etc. Jesus! Who is actually doing any police work?

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  6. Whose brilliant idea was it to disband the teams altogether: Voulgaris or McCarthy ?

    Tunney is proxy for rooftop owners against Ricketts, period. His Belmont buildings are for sale - he's bailing out. He'll edit Facebook to keep the noise down so as to minimize impact on resale.

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    1. You're absolutely right! The team isn't put back together ! They have 2 old people running around in a regular car going to Starbucks! Put the real team together and stop these assholes from stealing our shit !

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    2. The answer to whom was working is clearly the recent members of the Burglary team ! The statistics are in black and white ! Give those guys their spots back and stop putting a wet bandaid on the problem! They deserve it !

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    3. BS is right. I'll believe it when I see it. Name the officers on the team. My source said it isn't happening. Its smoke and mirrors again.

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    4. If they really put the burg. Team back what is their call sign? And how many are on the team? The guys that use to be on it said they were never asked to come back and never heard of the team being put back together. We need answers. We want truth.

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  7. If people in our community were truly fed up with the streets being taken over by the thugs and Tunney doing nothing about it, we would be picketing with signs in front of his restaurants day and night to let the people know what they are supporting when they eat there. He obviously has no class and could care less about us but if we impact his wallet he'll perhaps listen.

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    1. Let us know when and where. I'm sure the CWB guys would be more than happy to post something up the main page if you can make this happen.

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    2. Exactly! This should be done at his restaurants every single weekend. Many people in LV don't know that they are putting money in Tunney's pocket when they bite into that cinnamon roll!

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    3. I've heard he has sold all of his restaurants and property in Lakeview? Any truth to that?

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    4. Not just sold his restaurants but some other buildings he owns on Belmont.

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    5. If Tunney sold all of his stickey bun shops, time to get someone with a greater interest in the community?

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    6. I asked the other day, nothing has been sold, Probably won't be.

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    7. Who did you ask, Anonymous? For sure he has sold his Ann Sathers restaurants. It's been in the news. That's a fact, and I've heard from reliable sources that he may have sold his last property recently. Ask someone else and get back. Your source is unreliable.

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    8. lakeview.patch.com/groups/real-estate/p/tunney-selling-9-belmont-storefronts-including-ann-sather

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    9. putting property on the market does not mean that it will sell. big difference. haven't seen any news about finding a buyer. havent seen anything about him selling any restaurant businesses either. he sold the andersonville shop, and closed the operation.

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    10. no transactions on his block of belmont.

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    11. He sold the building in Andersonville last year. The buildings on Belmont are not sold.

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  8. If what you're saying is true about dumping the Burglary Mission Team, I think it was a really poor decision ! There's an old saying that everyone knows " if it ain't broke don't fix it " ! Maybe the people making these poor executive decisions should get dumped ! Also if there are police addressing the issue on every shift especially days, why are Burglaries still going on ? Maybe the supposed team are having breakfast or too old to do anything !

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  9. I would think that Ricketts has to have someone lined up to challenge Tunney. I cannot imagine that Ricketts would want Tunney to get re-elected.

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    1. The Ricketts are about ready to throw in the towel and move to Rosemont. They are just as tired of us dealing with Rahm and Tunney.

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    2. I really wish the Ricketts would close up shop and move to Rosemont. They are probably the only individuals that can push back against the political thugs that do everything to get re-elected or to pay off their cronies. These politicians are holding all of us hostage. The relocation of Wrigley Field to Rosemont would be a fatal blow to the neighborhood and city tax troughs, perhaps then Rahmy and Tunney would wake up and smell the roses.

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  10. But they had this Burglary Mission Team before and there were still burglaries. Just because they drive around in plain clothes doesn't mean they are any better then regular officers. They will do the same thing whenever there is a burglary call in progress they will race over to that address. They really should just stay on beat cars were they are needed to do more then just wait for a burglary to happen. Just calling a group of officers a burglary team doesn't make them any better at stopping the problem, more beat cars patrolling the beats is the answer.

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    1. Surely you have NO IDEA what the Burglary team does.or has done ! I assume you're a cop because you're well versed on police duties. Yes more cars patrolling is key but when they are not SPECIFICALLY addressing BURGLARIES it will go up, and you're right there were Burglaries when they were working BUT their work speaks for itself!

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  11. A few years ago my apartment was robbed around 4pm by climbing over the fence with a 9 foot ladder on a heavily trafficked street. This happened directly across the street from the new police station (which was being built at the time) and within clear view of the old station. Nothing came of it. A week later a guy was in our backyard trying to get into apt above... Called police but instead of sending someone to walk across the street the police came from Lawrence. The guy was obviously gone by the time a police officer showed up.

    Disbanding the group aligns with burglaries remaining low priority and that's been the case for years. It's ridiculously easy to get away with committing these crimes. Not surprised at all that criminals have figured this out.

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  12. McCarthy and Tunney and Rahm will never ever ever change. They have to be defeated in the election. Our entire community depends on all 3 being out. While they are in power we are not safe nor will we ever have a say so. Rahm is a dictator who only cares about taking care of his campaign contributors.

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    1. There is no Republican party to speak of. How do you get lots of campaign cash and defeat them ?

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    2. I'd personally prefer it be a Republican running against them but I'd settle for any Democrat challenger who actually cares about public safety.

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  13. Did you all see the bullshit story on the 5 o'clock ABC 7 newscast? It was about the burglaries in Wrigleyville. Tunney had the *^&^^& nerve to brag about how all other serious crimes were down. When are any of these media outlets going to report the truth?

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    1. The statement is true. Everyone knows why crime is down 30% this January versus last January. Our violent crime problem is deeper than last year's statistics. Last year was the third-consecutive record-setting year for robberies in our neighborhoods. Robberies remain 70% higher than 2007 and 30% higher than 2003. There is a lot of work to do and bragging about lower robbery rates now may come back to bite someone in the arse.

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    2. By the way, thanks for spotting the report, Anonymous. We've added it as an update.

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  14. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/chicago_news&id=9424005

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