Community safety update

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Winter is coming, and to make this winter/holiday season more enjoyable, let’s review a few safety tips that will help you enjoy the winter and holidays to the fullest.

Before you build that fire on a cold night, you may want to have the fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned.  I usually have the inspection every two years to be safe. If, for any reason, you get a lot of smoke in the house, you might have a closed damper or an obstruction in the chimney. If your carbon dioxide detectors activate with no smoke present, then you might have a similar problem.   Open a widow to ventilate the house and, if the problem does not become better,  call 911. You might have a bigger problem with the fireplace.

The holiday season is fast approaching, which should call for a bit tighter security on your part.  Never leave packages in plain sight in the car; a broken window and stolen packages can put a damper on the holidays.  Also, with all the online shopping, package deliveries can be a tempting target for thieves. Some are so bold as to follow the delivery trucks around to grab what they can when the driver stashes the package under the steps or the other usual places. If at all possible, try and arrange for neighbors to accept the package and have them keep it safe until your return. If it contains something valuable, maybe you can have it delivered to your workplace.


Snow/ice and less than ideal visibility can be a distraction while driving. Take longer at intersections to watch out for pedestrians and fellow drivers. If you are out early, extra caution is needed due to drivers that do not believe in stop signs, especially on weekends. The usual caution still pertains for the man that rings your bell and offers, for a fee, to shovel for you. Never pay up front and never let him in the house.  He could use the ruse of shoveling to case your house for future theft.

Also, when out shoveling, do not leave the doors unlocked — a good thief can be in and out of your house In under 5 minutes and you might not even know it.

Remind your children and yourself to take out the ear buds while walking around, especially at night. The total lack of awareness makes them and you a very tempting target for robbery or worse. If you are out and feel uncomfortable or threatened, call 911.  The police can help, but they need to know what is going on.

Enjoy the holidays and be safe.

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 the Chicago Police Department’s Sergeant Schulman. The bulletins advise the community of the area incidents and/or criminals who 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 September 20, 2014, through November 1 ,2014. This is not every incident, but gives a good representation of the activity.



Sept. 23/11:10 PM 900 W. Fullerton Street    Simple Battery
Sept. 27/11:50 PM 900 W. Belden  Sidewalk Simple Battery
Sept. 28/11:10 PM 2200 N. Racine                   Sidewalk Aggravated Assault (knife)
Oct. 02/2:31 AM  900 W. Belden  Sidewalk Robbery
Oct. 10/9:36 PM  2100 N. Seminary Street    Armed Robbery
Oct. 16/8:40 AM  2100 N. Fremont               Street Simple Battery
Oct. 23/2:45 PM  2200 N. Sheffield Campus Simple Battery












A reminder: DePaul University does a very good job of keeping the public informed of crimes by posting accounts of incidents on its doors.


Sept. 23- Nov. 1 (approximately 43 days) x 7 incidents  = 1 incident per 6.14 days

Upcoming Dates to Remember

CAPS Meetings:

The Chicago Police Department 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 & 1814

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

(1812-Armitage 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.