As we’ve often said, our problem did not spring up overnight. It has built and built over several years. Simply comparing this year to last year misses the huge increase that we saw in 2011 and 2012. The dashboard shows the bigger picture.
Our source is the city itself, with robbery data taken from the City of Chicago Data Portal. The city quarantines crime data for 7 days, so “year to date” information is actually for the year ending one week before the Tracker date.
The complete list of 2012 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2008 robberies is here.
The complete list of 2003 robberies is here.
Beat ranking information is from the Chicago Police Department web site.
Our standard statement regarding historical data applies:
The city quarantines crime data for 7 days.
The CPD realigned our area’s police beats in March 2012. The lines that divide Chicago police beats literally run down the middle of their shared streets and it is not possible to know with certainty which side of a street crimes were reported on before March 4, 2012. In order to maintain consistency across all years, we have included all robberies that were reported on both sides of the border streets (Irving Park Road, Southport Avenue, and Belmont Avenue) in our calculations. As a result, our post-March 4, 2012, stats may vary slightly from official records.
Also, note that very recent crime data may fluctuate slightly as crimes are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.