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Crime Wave Hits Old Town

Chelsea Stevens

A young woman bent on world (and news) domination, I am currently an undergrad student at DePaul University majoring in journalism.

While a fairly mild winter has allowed for more Chicagoans to be out and about in the sunny, albeit chilly, weather, it has unfortunately brought with it a crime wave in Old Town. As the map below demonstrates, 17 crimes have been recorded in the neighborhood between Valentine's Day and today. According to EveryBlock, this raises the grand total of crimes reported in Old Town during February to 48. The crimes reported range from an aggravated assault with a handgun to a burglary with forcible entry

View Crime in Old Town: 2/14-2/28 in a larger map

However, while 48 crimes reported in Old Town may seem like a lot for one month, according to EveryBlock, this number is actually less than the 99 crimes reported in the neighborhood during January. Meaning in just two months, Old Town has been the victim to 147 crimes.

The majority of the crimes reported in the neighborhood during January and February have been theft (33 incidents), followed by battery (29 incidents) and narcotics (17 incidents).

Yet, its hard to believe that anything has happened at all. With the possible exception of the Old Town Chase Bank robbery that I previously mentioned, I can assure you that, despite having been out and about in Old Town almost every day for the past ten weeks, no one is talking about the crimes. 

This could have something to do with the fact that no one even knows that the crimes are happening, probably because the many of them happened away from the main drag of North Wells and for many people: out of sight, out of mind.

However, whether people realize it or not, the crimes are happening. So make sure that you are staying safe: find a partner to walk with you if you are going out at night, follow the CTA mantra of "if you see something, say something", etc. You know the drill.

Hopefully, this blog post will help to increase neighborhood awareness about the crimes and give a bit of insight as to what kinds are happening and where. And if you have anything to share with your fellow Old Townies about any of the crimes, please let Old Town Now know so we can notify the community.



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