Lincoln Park burglars caught on camera as North Side break-in reports inch higher

Surveillance images of two burglars who forced their way into a Lincoln Park home this week. | Provided

A Lincoln Park woman’s home surveillance system captured images of two burglars as they fled her home with bags of property on Monday afternoon. The video comes as break-in reports are on the rise in the 19th (Town Hall) police district.

The men forced their way through the woman’s back door around 1:30 p.m., she said. They left and hopped over a rear fence six minutes later, the woman said.

“Everyone is okay and our pets are safe but I wanted to alert you of this,” she wrote in an email

“There were also 4 other residential break-ins in the area, all on Monday during working hours,” she said.

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Chicago police crime statistics show 53 burglaries reported in the Town Hall district between Jan. 1 and Jan. 26 of this year. That’s up from 48 during the same period last year and 36 during the period in 2018.

Town Hall officers patrol the area from Fullerton to Lawrence and from the Chicago River to Lake Michigan.

Analysis of the city’s data shows that this year’s burglars have been hitting Lakeview and North Center areas of the district most. Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 26, North Center had 11 burglary reports filed, compared to just 4 during the same time last year. Lakeview had 29 compared to 23.

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