Tuesday, July 08, 2014

OH, IT'S YOU AGAIN: Local Police Beat Returns To The Top Of Chicago's Robbery Hot Spots

The yellow line shows beat 1924's surge to the top
of the city's robbery hotspots since May 19. Other
lines indicate the beat's change in rank for other
rolling time periods.
It's the encore that no one demanded.

Chicago Police Department beat 1924, which covers the center of Wrigleyville + Boystown from Belmont to Addison and Southport to Halsted, has soared back to the top of the city's most robbery-plagued police beats.

Out of 274 beats that divide Chicago into police patrol areas, 1924 now ranks #2 for robberies in the city over the past 90 days—up from a position in the mid-40's as recently as June 2. That's according to data from the Chicago Police Department's CLEARMap site.

Grid showing the number of robberies recorded in
Wrigleyville + Boystown during each month
since January 2001. Red are the ten worst months;
green are the ten best.
Since the CLEARMap site's data is delayed by one week, the results of this past weekend's robbery spree will not be factored in until next Monday, July 14th, when the beat will very likely pop into first place.

The return to the top of the robbery chart—a dubious honor the beat held for several months last year—comes even as the whole of Wrigleyville + Boystown has recorded fewer robberies this year than in any year since 2007. Year-over-year, robberies are down 34%. (CWB considers the combined area of police beats 1923, 1924, and 1925 to constitute "Wrigleyville + Boystown" for statistical purposes.)

Wrigleyville + Boystown (defined as the combination of
police beats 1923, 1924, and 1925) has recorded fewer
robberies so far this year than in any year since 2007.
Indeed, had the department exercised control over Belmont Avenue, the annual improvement could have been closer to 50% and beat 1924 would likely rank in the mid-20's for robberies instead of sitting at #2.

The weeks ahead are crucial as the return of summer brings along peak season for street crime. If officials don't want to squander this year's gains, a reclamation of Belmont Avenue must be placed at the top of their to-do list.

Sources: 
Historical robbery data is mined from the city of Chicago Data Portal.

Beat rankings are recorded every Monday from data posted on the Chicago Police Department's CLEARMap site.

Statistical Note
The city of Chicago merged two police districts to form the current 19th police district in March 2012. At the same time, the police department redrew the boundaries of the district's police beats. Police beats are separated by the yellow lines that run down the middle of certain streets and it is impossible to know with certainty which side of current border streets crimes occurred on before March 2012. In order to maintain consistent comparisons across pre- and post-merger years, CWB includes crimes reported on BOTH sides of the current beat's border streets in all historical statistics. As a result, our crime counts for post-merger months may vary slightly from official city statistics.
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28 comments:

  1. This is crying out for a Tunney photoshop - "We're #1!"

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  2. I just wanted to be number 1 again so I came back. Thanks Tom.

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  3. Is there a reason cameras in the area aren't being used? Wouldn't a few carefully placed cameras on the corners hit the hardest by armed robbers help?

    I know it's not a full-proof plan but being able to plaster some of the criminals faces on the news once in awhile might discourage them from operating in that area. Maybe even help nab some of the habitual offenders. If the city won't put enough real eyes on the street to help find the bad guys, maybe some technology can help. You can probably even stream it back to the precinct and they can be on the lookout for suspicious activity and send a patrol car by to check it out.

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    1. Police cameras were installed long ago at Belmont and Sheffield as well as Belmont and Clark. They are ineffective, as you may have gathered.

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    2. Police cameras are a "feeling good" offering to make the citizens feel safe. They are only good, sometimes, after the fact. If they are aimed in the right spot at the right time to catch the crime. No one watches them on a continuous basis. That's too labor intensive. All those millions should have been spent on hiring extra cops. That would have made a difference. No camera ever put handcuffs on a robber.

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  4. Heard on the news this morning that Governor Quinn is offering Rahm the usage of the State Police to help with the crime mess here. Rahm has always let his ego and pride take center stage, so I'll doubt he'll accept the offer. He'd rather keep putting us through this ongoing horror rather than admit any failings on his part.

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  5. A note about crime stat shenanigans,,,The City has changed shootings to "shooting incidents". So, if two people get shot...it will show as ONE "shooting incident". That's something to think about as the City addresses this robbery problem...

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  6. Our Ward is also approaching #1 status in the category of Aldermanic Incompetence.

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    1. Approaching?????????

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    2. We passed that AGES ago. :)

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    3. Ah - excellent point. I stand corrected.

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    4. Scandalously long ago ....

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  7. CWB: Thanks for your unrelenting focus on the Belmont el stop as Ground Zero for crime prevention in Wrigleyville-Boystown. I much prefer your actual-factual reporting over the sarcastic posts that oftentimes permeate your reader comments. Letting people know about the present dangers of in this area are much appreciated and can help prevent further assaults.

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  8. It's just your perception. Objecting to armed robbery is elitist. Just boys being boys. Crime isn't the issue, it's your irrational fears. Oh just move to the suburbs already, privilege.

    Did I miss one?

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    1. "He was probably 'smarting off' to them and deserved it". "It's a big city, ya know?". "But did you exchange words with them?". "It's just transient youth". "These things just happen". "Shouldn't have been 'flashing' those 2 $1 bills".

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    2. "These people don't respond well to rules."

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    3. "There is no criminal element associated with any of the clients at the Center on Halsted." (Whatever happened to that weasly little guy at the CAPS meeting last summer who said that? Haven't heard a peep from him since then. Guess he moved on to a real job somewhere. Who knows ....)

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  9. Police Officer to Citizen after stop and frisk : Sir, Why are you carrying this folding knife and large pepper spray device ? Because I have occaison to pass through Beat 1924 ! Oh ....Ok have a nice day !

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  10. why don't they take the tactical teams and make them ALL work from 10pm-6am??? I mean there is no need for the extra bodies to work day hours. A friend of mine worked in 19 (but since transferred to 20) and said these tac teams are never there. Work 4-5 hour shifts, take off days but still get paid, never come up to answer in progress jobs, let alone lend a helping hand when the beat cars are running ragged! I see them all clumped up eating together around lunch time at least once a week and I am here to tell you…they are taking WELL more than a half hour! The other thing they will do is run to Uptown, grab someone selling cigarettes on the street, and all run into the station and never be heard from again! They need to put these people under the watch so there can be accountability! Transparency is a very good thing!

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    1. Agreed there is actually a robbery team the "1968" robbery team. Sgt walsh runs it. They are supposed to work robberies. But they have some of the most lazy officers on this team. The sgt lets them do what they want and staggers the cars hours. In turn they only work like 3 hours each car . They are supposed to work until 6 am but if your lucky you may find 1 car left until 3 am. They normally start around 11. This is a disservice to the citizens of the 019 district. They should be held accountable. Instead they write tickets on recreation drive at the lake for people driving while talking on their cell phones and loitering in the park. They haven't made a robbery arrest ever. They would be better of service having all 8 of them standing on Belmont and sheffileld area on foot working 8 hours instead of coming in for 3 hours a night. So yes your friend from 20th district is right on point

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    2. "a friend of yours told you" come on. I know the guys that went to 020. They never did anything and complained about the other guys doing something. Do you believe everything you "hear" from your buddy. Those guys that went to 020 were probably "leaving" the teams anyways.

      The truth is the bt cars hide, have "unavoidable" traffic stops, and the guys on midnight's sleep, that's right folks, they hide and sleep.

      The dispatchers give the tac teams jobs all the time, so relax Francis. Every bt car I've seen sits down to lunch, orders, eats and then requests their 30 minutes equaling well over 60 minutes of lunch time. How many times do we hear the dispatcher give a job and the bt car says "squad, we just sat down for lunch".

      I don't know the last time the tac teams locked up someone for selling "loosies". Feel free to come by, knock on the door to view the numbers. They would be more than happy to to show you.

      TRANSPARENCY "is" everything.

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    3. I'm sure the union would never allow it. I wonder what ever happened to few officer's who were taking advantage of the medical leave did they ever come back?

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    4. To the cry baby Officer whining about anyone else working CPD. Maybe if u were actually on the street u would notice tact and specifically 1968 team answers calls past 0500 amd are up and down Belmont without a beat car in site! Go get your shine box u mush. Worry about urself and bs u leave at 0300 NO CARS leave at 0300

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    5. 019 has a Mission team, not a robbery team,not a burglary team a MISSION team. Yet another uninformed statement. Listen if you are a Officer or just a wanna be who has friends working in the 019th district, get your facts straight before you post statements on a social blog. If you want to continue that nonsense to to SSC blog and leave this one to the citizens with legit worries and wishing to gain facts of their neighborhood.

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  11. Just fire everyone in city hall

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  12. And they along with the district admin staff and brass all cut out early.
    Can't we at least expect that they'll work a full 8-hour shift and swipe out at the 19th district station and not someplace closer to home?

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