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Graffiti, Fireworks Among Issues at Beat 1912 CAPS Meeting

By Cody Prentiss | Thursday, June 17, 2010

Residents gather for the Beat 1912 CAPS meeting at Paul Revere Park. Photo by Cody Prentiss.

Good news greeted neighborhood residents gathered last night for Beat 1912′s bimonthly CAPS meeting at Paul Revere Park. According to the Chicago Police Department, compared to this time last year, most crimes in the Beat 1912 area saw a drop, a few stayed the same, and even fewer crimes increased. For those that did increase, however, the number was significant.

Criminal damage to vehicles rose to 18 incidents between April 21 and June 16, making it the top crime for Beat 1912. (Last year, it wasn’t ranked in the top ten at all.) Officers at the meeting reminded residents that the best way to prevent their cars from being broken into is to leave anything of value out of sight or to take valuables with them. Meeting attendees received black satchels to encourage them to remove items from their vehicles.

The meeting also addressed complaints of graffiti in the area, an issue brought up at the last CAPS meeting. Andrew Szorc, an administrative aide to Ald. Eugene Schulter (47th), reported that graffiti is down in the ward and that they’re getting rid of it as soon as it shows up.

One attendee told officers that last year she had seen people launching fireworks near children at a block party. Szorc said the police will take those calls very seriously and will not tolerate fireworks at block parties this year.

The next Beat 1912 Caps meeting is scheduled for August 18 at Paul Revere Park, 2509 W. Irving Park.

Statistics from Beat 1912

Between April 21 and June 16, there were:

18 reported incidents of criminal damage to vehicles. This wasn’t on the list of top ten crimes last year.

11 reported incidents of domestic battery. There were 11 last year.

11 reported incidents of theft (over $300). There were 14 last year.

10 reported incidents of theft ($300 and under). There were 12 last year.

Six reported incidents of battery. There were six last year.

Six reported incidents of burglary. There were eight last year.

Five reported incidents of retail theft. There were seven last year.

Five reported incidents of order of protection violation.

Four reported incidents of motor vehicle theft. There were six last year.

Four reported incidents of criminal damage to property.

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