It’s official. Just-released information from the city confirms that August 2013 will go down as the single worst month for robberies in Wrigleyville and Boystown since publicly-available records begin (January 2001).
August beat out the previous worst month, June 2012, by at least two robberies.
And to think that August managed to achieve the worst-ever record in spite of the police commander and alderman’s non-existent “saturation” of officers, hit-or-miss “entertainment detail,” and giant empty bus strategies.
Information about two robberies from last Saturday has been released by the city today:
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 3:04AM
3300 N HALSTED ST
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 3:30AM
3400 N BROADWAY
ROBBERY STRONGARM – NO WEAPON
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. In the event of an outage or update failure at the data portal, information is obtained from the Chicago Police Department web site. The city quarantines crime data for at least 7 days.
The complete list of 2013 robberies is here.
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 at least 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.