Last week there was a 'positive loitering' walk that took place at midnight and wound down Halsted to Belmont and then up through some alleys then across Aldine and back to Halsted. Approximately 50 people joined in on that walk and you can check out a video that I shot.
Two 'Positive Loitering' walks set for Boystown tonight
To raise a positive presence on the streets of Boystown, meet up with your friends and neighbors and District 23 police officers at Midnight and 2AM tonight and walk through the neighborhood.
Wear your comfortable shoes and meet in the parking lot of 7-Eleven at 11:55PM AND 1:55AM. Stop in the 7-Eleven first and grab a drink, the manager has graciously offered beverages to those participating in the walk tonight. After the walk Pie Hole will be offering participants a free slice - again just let them know that you were walking.
Click through for more information on how you can keep yourself connected to the community.
There's several things that you can do to keep yourself informed of what's going on in the neighborhood.
- Connect on Facebook Check out the the Facebook Lakeview 911 page that was recently created. This is NOT a page sponsored by the District 23 Police force, it was created by concerned residents who want a way to keep connected and to share information about the neighborhood.
- Know what Police District you live in Head on over to ClearPath, the Chicago Police Departments community portal where you can enter your address to determine what Police District you live in and from there connect with the local
- Attend a CAPS Meeting Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) has monthly meetings where citizens can interact with beat officers to find out what's going on in the community and to also raise awareness to the police about what you're seeing in your neighborhood.
- Attend a Safety Seminar Last night the police held a well attended Safety Seminar at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center and several more are scheduled specifically around the Boystown neighborhood. Right now they are trying to tie down locations and specific dates but as soon as I hear I will let you know.
- Be Street Smart The police can't be everywhere all the time, so it's important that you have the ability to take care of yourself. Check out these street smart safety tips.
But most importantly - become involved in your community!