|Heat map plots 19th district robberies from
March 4 through October 14, 2013
If residents in the Southport area of Lake View “perceive” a crime problem in their neighborhood, there’s a good reason. Robberies are up 100% on their police beat, 1922.
On the other hand, beat 1934 in southeast Lake View saw robberies drop 61% during the same time period.
Those two extremes stand out in our comparison of 19th district robbery statistics for the periods of March 4 through October 15 of this year and 2012.
We picked March 4 as the start date because that is the day in 2012 that the current 19th district was formed by merging two smaller districts.
The reduction in our neighborhood’s robbery count can be attributed to a significant decline during March of this year, when the neighborhood had only 7 robberies compared to last year’s 20.
For the full year to date, though, beats 1923, 1924, and 1925 have had a record number of robberies.
Our August, September, and first half of October had significantly more robberies than the same time periods in 2012.
Overall, the 19th district saw 52 fewer robberies during the time period this year, dropping 13.5% to 331 from last year’s 383.
The Southport area’s beat 1922, which runs from Belmont to Irving Park Road and from Southport to Damen recorded 36 robberies during the analysis period, up from 18 during the same period last year.
One hotspot in the Southport area has been around Juniper Park, where six robberies were recorded this year, compared to none in 2012.
The map below shows how each beat in the 19th district performed during the period this year compared to 2012. Red indicates an increase in robberies of 20% or more. Green indicates a reduction of 20% or more. White indicates the beat is within 20% of last year’s performance.