Community Safety Update

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The holidays are about to begin. Let’s go over some tips to keep us safe so that we all can enjoy this upcoming season:

  • When ordering online or having something delivered by Fedex or UPS, try to leave instructions to not leave the package under the steps or in the foyer. This is a great time for thieves to follow the trucks around and steal the package. This has happened to many people in the neighborhood. Try to get in the habit of having a neighbor or someone in the building put your package in a secure location.
  • Almost everyone has heard and followed the tips about traveling over the holidays.  A reminder: If you take any magazines to read on your flight or at your destination, remove the address label.  A quick phone call by thieves back to Chicago can alert the thieves here that you are leaving an empty house.
  • Always check your credit card and/or bank statement upon your return to ensure that you have not had your information compromised.  I knew a friend that had a $9,000 charge from Australia, even though he was in South America.
  • Do not leave packages in your car at any time and especially close to the holidays, Thieves think nothing about breaking a window to steal your holiday cheer.
  • Do not wrap your presents if you plan to carry them on the plane with you — you will just have to unwrap them at security.

The holiday season also brings a lot of parties and family affairs. If you feel you are going to overindulge, you may want to have a designated driver selected ahead of time and/or have cab fare on you. Why ruin the holidays by being stopped for a DUI?

Have a great holiday season!  See you next year!

Crime Reminders, Bulletins

Always remember when something seems suspicious or you witness a crime, do not hesitate to call 911.  Without your help, the Chicago Police have a harder time protecting the neighborhood.

SNA urges you to sign up for crime bulletins provided by the Chicago Police Sergeant Schulman. The bulletins advise the community of the area incidents and/or criminals that are operating in this neighborhood. Sign up by sending a request via email to If you have any questions regarding the latest crime bulletins, call the 18th District Community Policing Office at 312-742-5778.

Crime Track

For some time, SNA has tracked the major incidences of crime to keep the neighbors informed. Your vigilance has helped the police to keep this area’s crime incidences down.  Please keep up the good work by getting involved with the CAPS meetings and calling 911.

Initially, the project has been tracking non-domestic crimes to persons that occur on the streets, sidewalks, and alleys. The statistics will be somewhat dated in that they are based upon what is available from the Chicago Police Department’s CLEARpath website on the date that material must be submitted for publication.  Thus, for this issue, the project tracked crimes from August 20, 2013, through October 16, 2013. This is not every incident but gives a good representation of the activity.

AUG. 29 / 3:55 PM 800 W. Armitage


Simple Battery
SEPT. 2 / 3:45 PM 800 W. Fullerton Sidewalk Simple Battery
SEPT. 3 / 4:30 PM 900 W. Armitage Sidewalk Simple Battery
SEPT. 3 / 2:00 AM 2300 N. Halsted                 Sidewalk Strong Armed Robbery
SEPT. 5 / 8:39 PM 2100 N. Halsted                 Alley Strong Armed Robbery
SEPT. 6 / 8:40 AM 2100 N. Magnolia Street Sexual Assault
SEPT. 15 / 8:10 PM 2100 N. Bissell  Street Simple Battery
SEPT. 20 / 9:20 PM 900 W. Fullerton Alley Simple Battery
SEPT. 22 / 12:33AM 1100 W. Webster Street Simple Battery
SEPT. 26 / 3:00 AM 2000 N. Halsted Sidewalk Simple Battery
SEPT. 28 / 2:20 PM 2300 N. Halsted Street Simple Battery
OCT. 12 / 11:30 PM 2200 N. Magnolia Sidewalk Sexual Assault
OCT. 16 / 1:00 AM 900 W. Fullerton Street Simple Battery


Aug 20-Oct 16 (approximately 58 days) x 13 incidents  = 1 incident per 4.46 days

June 22-Aug 19 (approximately 58 days) x 8 incidents  = 1 incident per 7.25 days

Upcoming Dates to Remember

CAPS Meetings:

The Chicago Police Department‘s monthly CAPS meetings are helpful in understanding the policing efforts in our district (the 18th).  The police prepare charts and maps that identify all crimes committed in the last month and discuss their efforts to arrest the perpetrators.  They also bring the incident reports if a member of the community wants further details of a crime.  In addition, the police bring guest speakers from the various departments to discuss their roles in the prevention of crime and give helpful suggestions on how the community can help.  The police have a number of pamphlets pointing out ways to protect yourself and the community, as well.

Attending a CAPS meeting is the best way to communicate your concerns to the officers who patrol your community.  SNA members attend the meetings, but they need your support.  I strongly urge members of the community to take an active interest in the CAPS program to show community support for the police.

(1811-North Ave north to Fullerton, Sheffield west to the Chicago River)*Beat 1811, 1812, 1813 & 1814

(1812-Armitage Ave north to Fullerton, Sheffield east to Sedgwick)

(1813-North Ave north to Armitage, Sedgwick west to Sheffield)

(1814-North Ave north to Fullerton, Sedgwick east to the lakefront)

2nd Thursday of every odd month at 7 pm, Old Town Triangle Center, 1765 N. North Park Ave.

John Roberts chairs SNA’s Community Safety Committee.