At last night’s CAPS meeting on the top floor of Kindred Hospital (2544 W. Montrose), neighbors—in particular, meeting facilitator Maria Bappert—demonstrated a strong sense of community involvement. Bappert is collecting plush toys so that officers have something to help calm and comfort children at crime scenes, and she encouraged others to bring new or gently used stuffed animals to the next CAPS meeting.
She also distributed plastic bags from Allstate to supplement the black totes being handed out by the Chicago Police Department. These bags are meant to encourage residents to take valuables out of their vehicles. Officer Monique Giannoni issued a reminder that criminals love to go window shopping.
Fourteen neighbors and four members of the CPD were present at the meeting, which was led by Officer Giannoni. She reviewed concerns from the last CAPS meeting, including complaints about teenagers who’d been loitering around Sunken Gardens Park. One resident said that while she still saw empty beer cans in the park, the scene seemed much tamer and thus much improved.
Another resident inquired about an influx of homeless people sleeping in Welles Park. Sgt. Clark said that with all the shelters and soup kitchens in the area, this is an ongoing occurrence and difficult to curb. He said police recently found a couple spending the night in the Welles Park gazebo because it had an electrical outlet. “They were a using a DVD player and watching a movie,” he said.
The next CAPS meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 28, at Kindred Hospital.
Statistics from Beat 1911
Between May 27 and July 27, there were:
24 reported incidents of theft ($300 and under).
17 reported incidents of theft (over $300).
Seven incidents of motor vehicle theft.
Six incidents of criminal damage to a vehicle.
Five incidents of battery (simple).
Five incidents of burglary.
Five incidents of theft (from building).
Five incidents of criminal damage to property.
Four incidents of domestic battery.
Four incidents of telephone threats.