Monday, February 08, 2016

Local Crime Up 22% This Year, City Data Shows

Crime in Chicago's 44th Ward, which includes most of Wrigleyville and Boystown, is up 22% this year, according to the Chicago Police Department. And the biggest increases have been seen in some of the most serious crimes, including robbery and burglary.

Map of the 44th Ward (Google)
Robberies are up over 300% in the ward, jumping from 7 in January 2015 to 22 this year.

Burglaries—mostly home break-ins—are up over 100%, rising from 16 to 33.

Aggravated batteries jumped from 5 last year to 8.

Less-serious crimes have also seen significant jumps. Criminal damage to property is up over 100%, with 52 cases reported last month compared to 23 in January 2015.

Among the handful of crime categories seeing decreases this year are criminal sexual assault, down from 2 to 1 and narcotics, which saw 2 cases this year compared to 5 in 2015.

Overall, police recorded 322 crimes in the ward during January, up from 264 during the same month last year.

The 44th ward has been represented by Tom Tunney since January 2003.

Robberies Soar In Wrigleyville, Boystown

Wrigleyville and Boystown—which falls largely in the 44th ward, but also stretches into the 46th ward—saw a significant spike in robberies last month, with 18 cases reported. That's more than double last January's count of 8 robberies. It is also one of the three worst Januaries on record for the crime.

The neighborhood recorded a record low robbery count last year, a welcome change in the wake of three consecutive years of record-highs.

But analysis shows that nearly all of last year's improvement came in the first six months, when the neighborhoods saw a 50% drop in muggings. The second half of 2015 recorded only 3 fewer robberies than the same period in 2014, possibly indicating that police efforts to rectify the problem have stalled.

Robberies in Wrigleyville + Boystown By Month And Year
Red denotes the 10 worst months (with ties)Green denotes the 10 best months (with ties)
Source: City of Chicago Data Portal. Current Chicago Police Department beat numbers 1923, 1924, and 1925 constitute "Wrigleyville and Boystown" for statistical purposes. The boundaries are Belmont, Southport, Irving Park, and Lake Michigan.
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  1. I was at the beat meeting tonight and was told crime was down

    1. One of the larger local business owners told me in 2011 there was no crime at all.

  2. I'm sure crime will go back down when we get the 25 new cops before the end of March that Tunney promised. Which of course is a joke because 25 officers won't help our out of control crime and Tunney will not manage to make good on his very clear promise of the new officers (which don't even put a dent into our 30% lost anyway).

    1. These "new" officers simply replace officers that have transferred, retired, etc. It is not an increase by any means. Man power is way down and they know it! Plus eliminating the 23rd district and expanding the 19th and 20th districts was a huge mistake.

  3. January stats seem to be all over the place from year to year. Other months look more predictable. No matter, while the cancer seems to have been mostly confined to late night in Boystown and along Belmont back until 2011, has now spread to daytime, Lincoln Park, and the Lake Front. There are also more shootings than there were. Rahm's ass-suckers Cappelman/Tunney/Smith are as useless as ever.

    1. Thank you for including Mr Social Work and Michelle Do-Nothing in your comments. Tommy isn't the only schmuck in the mix here. Just the biggest schmuck.

  4. It is obvious citywide that the police are no longer taking a proactive strategy on crime and I don't blame them one bit. They are being attacked by the politicians and various protest groups while the criminals are being pandered to. If I were a cop in this climate of negativity, I would just respond to calls, write reports, and do nothing else.

    1. Thank you, you get it. Death, injuries and disfigurement come with the job. Please realize we want to work. We want to catch bad guys, prevent crimes and protect the innocent but it's very difficult to do so. I wish things were different but to do the work that needs to be done runs contrary to every bit of self-preservation and I don't even mean in a cowardly way of fear of death. Best of luck to you and thank you again so much for understanding our position.

    2. I said that a decade ago when they reported police staffing would be decreased....."they'll be doing nothing but shifting around the city stomping out fires". Proactive? No. Reactive at it's finest. Yes.

    3. What you speak of is strategic, not tactical. While you can be correct in your assessment of the strategic implications of manpower and staffing, you fail to grasp the tactical-level of what is occurring, which is to say that police are being hammered for proactive patrolling (self-initiated stops). You are wrong to say that, on the tactical level, police were not always proactive. On the beat car-level, coppers can be proactive by investigating crimes they feel may be afoot. That had and is changing. Cops are in a highly restricted environment and, therefore, are not proactive. So the problem you speak of is actually two-fold; on one end we are short-staffed and on the other we are hamstrung. Since police cannot read emotions and intent, they will, in a way, always be reactive. There is no logical way to change that. Being empowered to use judgement based on their experience and assessments without fear of getting fired will increase their proactivity.

  5. It's nice to see we haven't had any 'Red' months since 2013. I seem to remember last January being much colder and snowier than this year as well. I hope we can change the year around though.

  6. Once again, everyone is freaking out about a trend that is limited. From that chart, last year literally had the least amount of robberies. I give police credit where its due, especially with the cuts to the neighborhood. Lets hope this is only due to a warmer January. Likewise, any think what can be done to reduce crime? More police? Getting rid of the "youth" centers on Broadway and Halsted? Loitering laws?

    1. Loitering laws? Ain't gonna happen. As long as more former churches become vacant, more "youth centers" will take their place for tax benefits. Now leave the church on Belmont alone if they ask for a simple request that the parade modify it's start time a bit. It could be the next headquarters for youthfulness.

  7. No No No No No...crime is down. What don't you guys get about that?
    The Little Guy AND the Three Stooges all say the same thing. SO how can it not be true?

    And, once again, for anybody gullible enough to swallow that hogwash, please read this. Independent. Factual. Clear.
    The only thing changed is that there are even fewer cops, with even less time to take any crime reports.
    BTW, crime really isn't down. Shock!

    1. How long of a time period are we looking at? The web address included didn't work. While I agree more needs to be done to reduce crime including more cops especially around the L Lines and harsher penalties, if you look over a 10 year trend crime is significantly down, not just the total, but rate itself. While I do not want to gloss over numbers, especially if they continue as they have since last fall, more press on this is never good for the city

    2. The link worked for me. Google 'Chicago Magazine Crime Statistics'. It will right there.
      Bottom line: The crime numbers are way under-reported. Part of it is purposeful. Part of it is structural (fewer cops with other things to do).
      And even IF you believe the current numbers - dubious at best - crime isn't down. It's where it was In '09, in the depths of economic chaos.

  8. Tom, Tom he's our man - if he cant get more police - no one can . . . . LOL He can't even make a good cinnamon roll any more.

  9. Mr Tunneys said crimes was down. What gives??

  10. I want to find out what Tunney is smoking and get me some . . . .