Friday, April 03, 2015

BUILDING ON SUCCESS: Neighborhood Muggings Slide In 2015

Source: City of Chicago
Robberies in Wrigleyville and Boystown are off to a very slow start in 2015, with only 16 cases reported in the first quarter.

That is the third-lowest Q1 number since 2001, the first year for which Chicago crime data is available to the public.

Street robberies became one of the most glaring signs of trouble as violent crime climbed here between 2010 and 2013. Three consecutive years of record-high robbery rates were logged in Wrigleyville and Boystown during 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Under intense community pressure, local police leadership reassessed strategies and beefed up overnight staffing levels. Robberies plunged 34% last year, reaching their lowest levels since 2007.

While our area has seen robberies decrease this year,
increases have been seen elsewhere
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This year's greatest improvement has been on beat 1923, which stretches from Addison to Irving and Southport to Halsted. There, robberies dropped from seven in 2014 to just two this year.

While the year is off to a good start in Wrigleyville and Boystown, other areas of the 19th district have not been so lucky. Six of the district's 15 police beats have seen increases in robberies year-over-year.

The northwest section of the district—beats 1911, 1912, and 1913—has seen muggings increase from 9 to 15.

The far west and southwest reaches of the district also saw increases.

For statistical purposes, CWB considers the area covered by current police beats 1923, 1924, and 1925 to be "Wrigleyville and Boystown."
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19 comments:

  1. Pathetic that Ald. Tunney (44th) and Ald. Cappleman (46th) have refused to acknowledge either the high crime rate or the drastic reduction of 19th district police officers.
    There's something deeply wrong with having local elected officials drink the official Kool-Aid line of B.S. and refuse to acknowledge the actual reality of the situation and deliberately mislead the public with false statements.
    CWB has done a much more commendable job than either the CPD or Tunney & Cappleman in presenting the truth on our crime stats. Kudos to CWB!

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    1. What's pathetic is that they deny problems, yet claim "success." If they want to play that game with potholes, fine. But it's not OK when people's health and well-being are on the line.

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  2. Taking from peter to pay paul. It was bound to happen. They put so much effort in the Wrigleyville area that other areas were sure to suffer. And will continue to do so until the police manpower is balanced out and eventually increased. Don't get your hopes too high, as summer is just beginning.

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  3. Meanwhile, it has spread to Lincoln Park and to daytime, as this ex-tourist has been saying for the past couple of years.

    Daytime armed robberies of retail, banks, and of individuals has become common place within spitting distance of the Days Inn and Diversey L station. But Chicagoans are so effing stupid to regard anything better than the South Side as "Good".

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    1. After 10 years in Chicago Lakeview is still perceived as "all rich White people" and "only the south and west sides of Chicago is where that real crime happens". I think all these Chicago neighborhoods got a label, stigma or stereotype back in 1950 and that's that. The media doesn't help this ignorance either.

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    2. Lakeview was an open sewer until well into the 1980s.

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    3. Pretty nice looking "sewer." in this pic. https://www.facebook.com/LakeViewHistorical/photos/a.215431155253064.48731.215158068613706/672295869566588/?type=1&theater

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    4. I'm 65 and have always lived in Lincoln Park, but I remember that up until the early 1980's, anything north of Diversey and west of Broadway was considered low-end. But that's just like residents of the Gold Coast consider anything north of North Avenue to be low-end.

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  4. We still have an opportunity to show Cappleman the door this Tuesday. Everyone, please get out and vote.

    You cannot believe all the junk mail I'm getting from his office, touting how wonderful he is and bashing Amy Crawford like crazy. I've been getting mail from his office everyday....sometimes two pieces of mail. Look like he's really hustling to retain his seat at the table, but when it comes to actually doing work that will help residents, he sides with the mayor and says "Crime is down" and that we have more than enough officers on the street.

    Please....get out and vote hims OUT of office. Cappleman does not deserve another term. Over in Boystown, the voters either stayed home or blindly voted Tunny in for another term. Let's not waste our opportunity to get some fresh blood in. If Amy sucks, we vote her out next year....but please....don't vote for more of the same.

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    1. While you're at it, vote Rahm out of office, too! He has helped to decimate Chicago's police force and moved officers from once safe neighborhoods to the getto. Now the getto thugs come up here to practice their craft.

      Let's show Rahm the door. If he loses this election, his political ambitions will be over for good. Just think of how we will be helping the entire nation by ending his public "service" on Tuesday.

      If Garcia does a bad job we vote him out in four years. But for now, we need to put an end to the whole "mayor for life" terms we had with Daley and now Rahm. Rahm is more of a dictator than anything, and our worthless city council votes for whatever he wants.

      Kick the bum out!!!

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    2. Vote Michelle Smith out while you have the chance. What a worthless POS that lady is!

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    3. Face it - ALL these scumbags will win. Now strategize the next steps:

      - engage the State AG and FBI on all written correspondence to them,
      - forget CAPS meetings, disrupt city council meetings,
      - inundate what passes for newspapers (Trib and S-T) with Comments on every crime article with facts while attacking the editors for self-imposed censorship when they kiss Rahm's ass.

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  5. Maybe the criminals have turned from robberies to burglaries instead?

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    1. I'm sure McCarthy will label the crimes however he sees fit to keep with the BS that "crime is down." Don't believe it!

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  6. I know one reason street robberies are down. Neither I nor any of my friends walk anywhere anymore. We take cabs and never go near the Halsted strip and spend much more time at home than ever before, just to stay safe.

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    1. Could also be people just aren't bothering to file an offical report with police? In some cases you get mugged then have to stand around for 30 minutes, an hour waiting for the police. I agree, stay home or go to another neigbourhood to spend my money.

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  7. Something exciting just happened twenty minutes ago at Barry and Kenmore in the alley behind the Oberweis... had 7 cop cars, eventually 8 with a van. Cops pursued somebody on foot and later searched the ground.

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    1. So that calls for the artillery, but an ordinary night with thugs, you wait for an hour after getting beaten to a pulp and robbed. Typical CPD theatre.

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