Community safety update

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Winter is coming to a close and spring is just around the corner [Yes, it is coming.]. To make this transition more enjoyable, let’s review a few safety tips that will help you enjoy the spring to the fullest.

As I have said in previous articles, the spring thaw can hold a few unpleasant surprises. As you know, not everybody is a responsible pet owner. They think that the snow will hide the evidence, and you suffer the consequences of their irresponsible attitude that only the rats enjoy. 

When you start your spring cleanup, remember that the trash left by pedestrians on your property will have to be dealt with.  As a sanitary measure, wear a good pair of gloves.  Remember that as you are cleaning up, do not leave your doors unlocked; it does not take a burglar long to be in and out of your house. Two recent incidents highlighted this; someone left a door or window unlocked and unfortunately, this person paid a price for his or her actions.  A professional burglar can spot the opportunity and strike quickly. 

I have received word that thieves are targeting catalytic converters again. With a portable grinder, it does not take long to remove the converter. The aftermarket on these items is high and unfortunately there is not much to do about it. Remember that nosy neighbors are a great deterrent to crime. Call 911 if this happens to you. The police must know about this to be on the alert.

Again, remind your children and yourself to take out their 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 spring, finally, and be safe.

Crime has dropped in the city due to increased police presence. To help the police in their jobs, citizens need to report suspicious activities that they observe. A new billboard quote sums it up:

“For a question call 311, For a crime call 911.”

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 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 BEAT 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 22, 2014, through February 25, 2015. This is not every incident but gives a good representation of the activity.

JAN. 16/3:39 PM 2400 N. Halsted   Sidewalk Simple Battery
FEB. 04/6:00 PM 1000 W. Webster Residence  Burglary
FEB. 10/:00 PM 2100 N. Sheffield   Garage Burglary


Dec 22-Feb. 24 (approximately 68 days) x 3 incidents  = 1 incident per 2 days

Upcoming Dates to Remember

BEAT Meetings:

The Chicago Police Department’s bi-monthly BEAT 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 BEAT 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 BEAT meeting 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 Ave north to Fullerton, Sheffield east to the Sedgewick)

(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.