Since the last meeting for Police Beat 1922, theft and burglary have been the most common crimes within the area, with 24 and 14 respective reported incidents since the last meeting on Sept. 19. The latest CAPS beat meeting, held on Oct. 17 at Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park Rd., brought out only a handful of area residents, but the discussion reflected the newly released statistics.
Concerns of break-ins at a nearby condominium complex storage unit and vandalism to cars parked on the street during took up much of the 25-minute meeting that drew a total of seven people. One condo resident, Katie Fischer, said that many of the vandalism incidents occur during the day, Monday through Friday, when nearby Lane Tech High School is in session.
“I know part of it is Lane [Tech] students, but you can’t blame it all on the kids,” Fischer said.Fischer also voiced concern that violent crime on the western side of the Chicago River in the 17th District may be spilling over east into the 19th District.
Officer Kellee Simz, who moderated the meeting, tried to quell Fischer’s concerns.
“In the [19th] District, it’s not a lot of violent crime. It’s property crime,” Simz said. Simz hypothesized that there may be a correlation between area property crime and times when Lane Tech rents its football field to other schools.
Simz also addressed recent robberies in the area, including one at a TCF Bank branch, 3245 N. Damen Ave., on Oct. 13. According to surveillance footage, the offender is a white male and wore a Cubs hat during the robbery. Simz said he did not use a weapon, but did not specify how much money he made off with. An alert for North Side business owners was also presented, detailing a string of robberies on the North Side, from Humboldt Park on the south to Rogers Park on the north.
The warning reads: Two to five offenders enter and take over the business at gunpoint. They rob employees, demanding access to cash registers and safes. In some robberies, they have taken cartons of cigarettes as well as personal belongings of the employees (cell phones, wallets).
The next beat meeting will be held on Nov. 21 at Revere Park.