Community safety update

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The Chicago Police Department (CPD) needs your help in many ways.  They need you to be an extra pair of eyes to spot crime and vandalism going on in the neighborhood.  If you see a crime or are a victim of a crime, report it to the police.  They need to know this information in order to see if there is a pattern in order to develop a strategy to help the neighborhood be a safer place to live.

Another way is participation in COURT ADVOCACY activities. This program is an integral part of the problem-solving process.  The police can make arrests, but afterwards the community participation in court can help ensure that problems do not reoccur. The police department’s court advocacy subcommittee identifies court cases that are of particular concern to the community and follow these cases in court. Some police districts may wish to follow felony cases such as robberies, break-ins, and rape. Other districts may concentrate on abandoned buildings, nuisance restaurants, taverns, or fast-food establishments that are frequent violators of various ordinances.

By participating in this program and being in court or administrative hearings, you and your neighbors are sending a strong message to defendants and other would-be offenders that crime will not be tolerated in your neighborhood.  Your presence also demonstrates your support for victims and witnesses of crime. Note: Reprinted from CPD brochure. Your time is not excessive and will be well rewarded in the sense of helping your fellow neighbor. For more information, contact Police Officer Joe Incaprera at the 18th District.

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 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 September 21 to October 13, 2015. This is not every incident, but gives a good representation of the activity.

Sept. 21/11:30AM  2300 N. Racine    Sidewalk  Public Indecency
Sept. 22/11:45PM   900 W. Armitage     Alley Strong Armed Robbery
Sept. 25/10:59PM 2300 W. Webster Sidewalk  Strong Armed Robbery
Sept. 25/11:00AM    900 W. Fullerton Street Simple Battery
Oct. 1/2:00AM   900 W. Fullerton   Sidewalk Aggravated Battery
Oct. 12/1:30AM  900 W. Armitage   Sidewalk Simple Battery
Oct. 13/6:28PM 1200 W. Belden     Sidewalk Purse Snatching


Sept. 21-Oct. 13 (approximately 23 days) x 7 incidents = 1 incident per 3.28 days

Upcoming Dates to Remember

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 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-Amitage 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 6:30 pm, Old Town Triangle Center, 1765 N. North Park Ave.

John Roberts chairs SNA’s Community Safety Committee.