Our robbery count tied 2011's as the worst Octobers on the public record.
Police responded to another six robberies last month, but those are not included in official statistics because the victims chose not to file reports or overburdened cops lost track of the victims before a report was filed.
Seems Like Old TimesIntense pressure from the community in 2013 prompted then-19th District Police Commander Elias Voulgaris to beef up overnight patrols and to launch anti-robbery missions by the district's tactical units.
Results were seen immediately. Muggings dropped 34% in 2014 and hit a 15-year low last year.
Voulgaris was transferred out of our district last year and the robbery problem has steadily grown in seriousness ever since.
Tactical units are no longer being assigned to intensive robbery missions around our area. And a nationwide push-back by some groups against police officers has caused officers to pull back on effective proactive policing efforts.
Only five robberies were reported in Wrigleyville and Boystown last November. This November recorded five robberies by sunrise last Friday.