CWB TICKER: Wrigleyville, Boystown Robberies UP 100% vs. October 2012

Here, again, is the reason that the 19th district police commander wants to measure his success via “feedback” rather than something measurable. Such as, say, robbery statistics.

Wrigleyville and Boystown robberies are up 100% in October compared to the same time period last year. For the full year to date, robberies are up 7% in the neighborhood.

And remember, the increases comes in a month and year when robberies were the #1 focus of the police department and top public safety concern of the alderman. It makes us wonder how bad things would be if they weren’t trying…or, perhaps, if they really are trying at all.

The city has released the following neighborhood robbery information since our last Ticker update. CWB’s original stories are linked via the Case Numbers, when available.

Case: HW508931
Date: 10/27/2013 5:00AM
Block: 700 W MELROSE ST
Location: SIDEWALK

Case: HW507674
Date: 10/26/2013 2:48AM
Block: 3300 N HALSTED ST

This update also corrects an error in our last Ticker. We stated in that post that there had been 11 robberies to date in October of 2012. In fact, there had been 10.

The CWB Ticker is a dashboard of the most up-to-date robbery statistics possible for our neighborhood over the past year, 5 years, and 10 years.

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.

Also, note that very recent crime totals may fluctuate slightly as incidents are investigated and recategorized. These fluctuations settle out fairly quickly.
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CWBChicago was created in 2013 by five residents of Wrigleyville and Boystown who had grown disheartened with inaccurate information that was being provided at local Community Policing (CAPS) meetings. Our coverage area has expanded since then to cover Lincoln Park, River North, The Loop, Uptown, and other North Side Areas. But our mission remains unchanged: To provide original public safety reporting with better context and greater detail than mainstream media outlets. Our editorial email address is