Community Safety Update

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The winter of 2013-2014 has been a true challenge to our neighborhood, from the polar vortex to the excessive snow and the pothole problems on many streets. The city has done a good job with the snow and ice on the streets and will eventually fill in the many potholes wreaking havoc on our vehicles.

The good news is that the crime rate continues to decline with the strong police presence and a neighborhood that continues to watch out for suspicious activities and reporting them to the police. Please keep up the good work and let’s make the rest 2014 even better.

The SNA has received numerous e-mails related to the many rodents that plague the neighborhood.  Rodents thrive on anything from garbage, pet food, plants and one of the number-one goodies; pet waste.  They can squeeze through the narrowest spaces and can quickly adapt to become an indoor nuisance also. The risk of disease spreading from rodents to humans is very real; they can carry a variety of fleas and/or ticks.  Do not corner a rat; they can bite you or your pet.

The City of Chicago’s Bureau Of Rodent Control has a great rodent abatement program that can easily be accessed at It allows the residents to submit a request for Rodent Baiting / Rat Complaint Request. You can submit a photo if you wish; also, there is a section to describe your situation. There is also a section to request an inspection and/or baiting.  You can check the status of your request online at any time.

The Bureau also will handle wasp/hornet nest removal and the removal of dead animals on your property.

The waste and garbage created by students and the general public when randomly throwing empty food containers also contributes to the rodent problem. With the amount of waste containers available on and off campus, this problem would not exist if everyone took responsibility and threw away their garbage. Try to keep the lids closed on garbage containers to keep the rodents out.

Animal Waste

As I mentioned above, animal waste is a great feast for rodents.  Neighbors who walk their pets should have the courtesy to pick up the waste and properly dispose of it in the waste containers. With the excess snow this past winter, it was sometimes easy to forget the proper disposal. This will come back in the spring to annoy a lot of neighbors when the snow disappears and the waste is exposed. This also will be a bonanza for the rodents. The sidewalks already have a lot of surprises where pet owners have been negligent and did not pick up the waste. Also, I have noticed a lot of pet owners will put the waste in the little bags and then just leave the bags on the spot. This is very rude and annoying. If you have taken the time to pick it up, walking to an alley and putting in a garbage can is being a courteous neighbor, not a neglectful one.

Crime Reminders, Bulletins

  1. 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.
  2. SNA urges you to sign up for crime bulletins provided by the Chicago Police Department’s 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 incidence 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 December 23, 2013, through February 22, 2014. This is not every incident but gives a good representation of the activity.

DEC. 23/10:00 AM 2300 N. Wayne Yard Simple Assault
DEC. 29/12:45 AM 2100 N. Clybourn Sidewalk Simple Battery
JAN. 1/1:30 AM 1300 W. Fullerton Sidewalk Simple Battery
JAN. 12/2:30 AM 900 W. Fullerton Alley Strong Armed Robbery
JAN. 18/11:05 AM 800 W. Fullerton Sidewalk Aggravated Battery
JAN. 19/3:50 AM 2300 N. Clifton Sidewalk Simple Battery
FEB. 7/5:15 PM 2200 N. Halsted Alley Strong Armed Robbery
FEB. 8/1:45 AM 2100 N. Clybourn Sidewalk Simple Assault
FEB. 15/3:05 PM 1100 W. Fullerton Sidewalk Aggravated Assault
FEB. 16/1:55 PM 900 W. Fullerton Sidewalk Strong Armed Robbery
FEB. 22/5:15 PM 900 W. Fullerton Street Strong Armed Robbery


Dec 23- Feb 22 (approximately 62 days) x 11 incidents = 1 incident per 5.63 days

Oct 20-Dec 16 (approximately 67 days) x 9 incidents = 1 incident per 7.44 days

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 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 form 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.

*Beats 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814

(1811-North Ave north to Fullerton, Sheffield west to the Chicago River)

(1812-Amitage 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.