For every Lincoln Park robbery, there are dozens more elsewhere in the city

During the time when a string of four robberies were committed in
Lincoln Park--between 2 a.m. July 30 and 3:36 a.m. August 1, a spree
that has touched off widespread community outrage--more than 100 other
robberies were taking place in other parts of the city, according to an analysis by The Chicago Reporter. There were nine robberies in Auburn Gresham during that time but none received any press coverage, according to the Reporter. Instead, more serious crimes in that neighborhood were covered in the days following those robberies.

WVON-AM, the city's venerable and only black-owned talk radio station, on August 5 devoted most of its programming to discuss not only the lack of media response to robberies outside Lincoln Park but also the lack of police response. WVON personalities lamented the fact that the Chicago Police Department issued a community alert just hours after the Lincoln Park attacks on August 1 but that little had been communicated to the public about a series of robberies near the Metra station at 87th Street and Dauphin Avenue, about a block from the radio station. Police issued an alert about those robberies on the morning of August 5, about six days after the most recent attack.

There are more robberies in Chicago than any other type of violent crime, which also include aggravated assault, aggravated battery, criminal sexual assault and murder. In 2008, there were 16,652 robberies committed citywide--that's about a robbery every 30 minutes. Police apprehend a suspect about 21 percent of the time, according to the robbery "clearance rate" published in the department's annual reports in 2006 and 2007.

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  • John Kass made the same point today.

    The thing I wonder about: You hear about almost constant shootings in Englewood, Auburn Gresham, South Shore, and Roseland, but Weis says that the violent crime rate is down?

  • In reply to jack:

    Weis, and most departments for that matter, can claim violent crime is down when they're referring to city-wide stats. But looking at this data like the Reporter can show the dips and spikes in smaller geographies.

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