Community safety update

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With the arrival of spring, the summer concert season is not far off. From the Rolling Stones in Milwaukee to the Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field and to our own great music festival, the noise level of each concert should be taken into consideration. 

A standard concert can generate noise levels between 100 and 120db [a normal conversation generates about 65db], depending on your location to the speakers.  A good set of earplugs is recommended. A lot of concertgoers say the louder the better, but over the years, your ears will suffer, which could lead to permanent damage to one of your main senses. I have noticed at our own music festival that a lot of children are allowed to be really close to the speakers; parents, please use caution and protect your children from the noise pollution. Enjoy all your concerts this summer, but use caution.

As stated before, please be careful grilling on the decks or porches. An unattended grill in a high wind can spell disaster. You should check with your condo association about the rules for grilling and what types of grill may be used.

With the warm weather comes a lot of open windows and unlocked doors.  Be very cautious with these two. A burglar does not take long to seize the opportunity to strike.

Again, remind your children and yourself to take out the earbuds 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.

Recently, the police reported an attempted child abduction. The girl in question did exactly what all children should do: she screamed, ran, and was able to give a description of the perpetrator.  You should instruct your children on what to do if someone approaches with intent to lure them into a bad situation.

Enjoy the summer with all the pleasures that comes with it and be safe.

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

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

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 incidences 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 March 1, 2015, through April 16, 2015. This is not every incident but gives a good representation of the activity.

March 30/10:45PM  1200 W. Webster  Street Armed Robbery
April 3/5:00 PM 2100 N. Sheffield Other Simple Assault





March 1-April 16 (approximately 47 days) x 2 incidents  = 1 incident per 23.5 days

Upcoming Dates to Remember

BEAT Meetings:

The Chicago Police Department 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 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.

John Roberts chairs SNA’s Community Safety Committee.