Sunday, April 27, 2014

STATS: April, March Robberies Higher Than 2013; Incidents Still Down Year-To-Date

More robberies were recorded in Wrigleyville and Boystown during both March and April of this year than in those same months last year. Year-to-date, however, 2014 is well behind 2013's numbers thanks to unfavorable weather conditions for robbery aficionados during January and February.

• Outside of our focus, but noteworthy: Chicago has recorded more homicides this month than in the entire month of April 2013. This follows March 2014 exceeding March 2013 and February 2014 exceeding February 2013.

The first of the month is close. Anyone care to guess which statistical time frame or anomaly the police department will pick for its monthly "crime is down" press release?

The good folks at HeyJackass maintain a remarkable set of statistics about homicides in Chicago.

What Would Jared Do?

A CBS2 online story about a "bulletproof" Subway restaurant on the South Side reminded us of our "favorite" late night Subway restaurant. It's at 901 W. Belmont.

It's not bulletproofed. Employees do, however, remove furniture from the dining room around 9PM nightly. That way, loiterers can't camp out and the furniture can't be used as weapons in fights. Slowly but surely, Belmont Avenue's spring and summer elements are returning:

  • Thursday, 12:41AM: Police called for prostitution outside of Subway. 901 W. Belmont.
  • Thursday, 10:24PM - Prostitution outside of Subway restaurant. 901 W. Belmont. 
  • Friday, 1:23AM - Prostitution inside and outside of Subway restaurant. 901 W. Belmont. 
  • Friday,  11:01PM - Prostitution outside of Subway restaurant. 901 W. Belmont.
  • Sunday, 4:06AM - 15 prostitutes in front of Subway restaurant. 901 W. Belmont.
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12 comments:

  1. If journalists existed anymore, a story about 15 prostitutes being in a Subway store at one time would have made front page news. Now it won't even make an episode of Chicagoland. Really is sad that outside this site there's barely a whisper of how the thugs have won the streets.

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    1. 15 prostitutes!! Why didn't someone call me?? Even I could have gotten a 'date' with numbers like that!

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    2. 15 is a lot of prostitutes in one place. Is Belmont gaining the reputation that North Ave had 10-15 years ago and Lake Street before that?

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    3. Let me guess. Were these prostitutes really skinny, loud men dressed like women? I envy some of their bodies, but I still disapprove.

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  2. The sad part about this is that there's an entire vice squad dedicated to busting sexworkers who work behind closed doors in the city of Chicago right now. Yet 15 streetwalkers are allowed to peddle their wares freely without consequence. This city is a disaster.

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  3. Wait a minute. From the article here, it states, "That way, loiterers can't camp out and the furniture can't be used as weapons in fights." Let me get this straight. A corporation has an issue with loiterers hanging out in one of its chain stores AND there is a possibility of furniture being tossed about?? Who the hell is in charge there in that store??? If someone came into MY business and hung out without buying anything (and eventually moved along), and/or threw my furnishings around, the problem would absolutely and definitely not be a long-lasting problem.

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    1. Ok you obviously have not seen that subway around 3am. Literally there are 30-40 people who come in at the same time to occupy the store and cause problems... What is the one or two employees who work there supposed do? Sure they can call the police and wait for the police to arrive and hope those 30 people don't beat the shit out of them...

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    2. Dont worry new CPD plan to combat weekend violence. Officers will have days off cancelled and forced to work overtime in order to flood high crime areas. Ooops, forgot to mention only south and west side. Sorry.

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  4. How about they close that Subway at 10pm????
    They changed starbucks from 24hour to closing at like 11 or 12
    Enough is enough

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  5. Short term, nothing is going to change around this Belmont CTA station. It's dangerous, especially late at night.
    Long term, hopefully, the situation will improve, as economic redevelopment occurs. The new construction at the Dunkin Donuts location will elevate the area and push the criminals into someone else's neighborhood. Tunney appears to be ready to sell off his real estate too. So, much of the real estate around there could be redeveloped in the next few years. Fingers crossed.

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    1. Then you need to subtract the negative effects of having those proposed new train tracks running overhead along Clark Street. Nothing good happens near train tracks.

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  6. The franchise owners probably benefit from the secondary business.

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