Two recent high profile crimes–the criminal sexual assault of a woman on North Shore and the shootings at Pratt and Clark–understandably have heightened concern about safety in our neighborhood. Police Department detectives are continuing to investigate the crimes and follow up leads in an attempt to apprehend the perpetrators. In the meantime, 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera has stepped up patrols in the areas where the crimes occurred.
Though these were horrific crimes, and we must remain vigilant against further such incidents, it is important to keep in mind our neighborhood is heading in the right direction.
I’m pleased to report that our neighborhood last year enjoyed a significant overall reduction in crime. According to year-end crime reports just released, the 24th Police District, which includes the 49th Ward and the Rogers Park community, experienced a 21% decrease in serious crimes last year. This includes a 57% decrease in homicides and a 29% decrease in shooting incidents.
If the last two years’ crime reports are examined, the trend is even more promising. Since 2011, serious crimes have fallen by 28%, including a 27% decrease in criminal sexual assaults.
The 24th District also remains one of the safest in the City, with the second lowest number of reported crimes of the City’s 22 police districts.
The serious crimes reflected in these statistics include murders, criminal sexual assaults, robberies, aggravated batteries, burglaries, felony thefts and motor vehicle thefts.
For summary of the 24th District crime statistics for 2013 and the historical comparisons, CLICK HERE.
To view the citywide crime statistics and crime statistics in other police districts, CLICK HERE.
But as the recent serious incidents demonstrate, we can’t rest on our laurels. We must continue to build on our partnership with our local police.
Last November’s successful shutdown of an open air drug market on Howard Street–an action made possible through information provided by neighborhood residents–is only the latest example of the successful partnership forged by the police and the community in Rogers Park.Themonthly CAPS beat meetings play a vital role in our efforts to reduce crime.
The beat meeting is one of the most important intelligence gathering venues. It’s where the police officers and community residents meet to share information, discuss ongoing concerns and develop strategies to combat those concerns. My office is always represented at these meetings and Commander Waldera usually attends as well.
For a schedule of upcoming beat meetings in the 24th District, CLICK HERE.
For a map of the beats in the 24th District and help in finding your beat,CLICK HERE.
Together we have made remarkable progress in making our neighborhood one of the safest in Chicago. Let’s keep it up!