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City Stats: Theft, Battery Most Prevalent Crimes In Northcenter, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square

By Sam Charles

The five police beats in Center Square Journal’s coverage area saw nearly 300 reported incidents from late September through late October. According to stats supplied by the city, residents in beats 1713, 1911, 1912, 2031 and 2032 reported 299 total crimes to police between Sept. 25 and Oct. 25, up slightly from the 291 total incidents reported in Read the Rest…

Despite Reports, Area CAPS Meetings Still On Schedule

By Sam Charles

Despite reports from the Chicago Reader that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy plans to eliminate the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, CAPS, budget in 2013, scheduled meetings in the 19th and 20th districts are still going to be held, according to CAPS representatives from both districts. “I haven’t heard anything yet, but [meetings] should be [held] until Read the Rest…

Despite Reports, Area CAPS Meetings Still On Schedule

By Sam Charles

Despite reports from the Chicago Reader that Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy plans to eliminate the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy, CAPS, budget in 2013, scheduled meetings in the 19th and 20th districts are still going to be held, according to CAPS representatives from both districts. “I haven’t heard anything yet, but [meetings] should be [held] until Read the Rest…

Rash of Gang Graffiti in Lincoln Square North

By Patty Wetli

Residents of the Lincoln Square North area (Lawrence to Foster, Western to the River) have spotted an uptick in gang graffiti over the past weeks, particularly in the blocks surrounding Gross Park, 2708 W. Lawrence Ave. The five-pointed crown commonly associated with the Latin Kings was sprayed on the Gross Park fieldhouse (the park is Read the Rest…

Robbery At Lawrence And Damen – UPDATE

By Mike Fourcher

Chicago Police confirmed a reported armed strongarm robbery at Mandy’s Liquor, 1957 W. Lawrence Ave., this evening at 9:39 p.m. Moments after the robbery was committed, two male suspects were apprehended and are in custody of 20th District police, says Chicago Police media affairs. No further details on the suspects or the victims were available at Read the Rest…

Fall Festivals and Halloween Happenings

By Patty Wetli

The other day, I found myself shopping for Christmas decorations at Target (my kingdom for a string of bubble lights) before I came to my senses. I mean, I haven’t even wrapped my Columbus Day gifts yet. So let’s not forget to celebrate fall and the Great Pumpkin before it’s too late (though, according to Read the Rest…

November CAPS Meeting Beat 2031: Graffiti, an Ongoing Nuisance

By Patty Wetli

“We have a relatively quiet district,” Officer Cesar Garcia said of Beat 2013 at the most recent CAPS meeting, held Nov. 30. But when it comes to graffiti, the area (Lawrence to Foster, Leavitt to the Chicago River) receives more than its share. While much of the scribbling is tagging, some of the graffiti is Read the Rest…

CAPS Beat 2031 September

By Patty Wetli

Where theft of items taken from inside vehicles was the top concern at July’s meeting of Beat 2031, the autos themselves have now become a primary target. Eight vehicles were stolen in the past two months within the beat’s boundaries, Lawrence to Foster and Leavitt to the Chicago River.  “That’s a huge increase for us,” Read the Rest…

CAPS Beat 2031: Property Theft on the Rise

By Patty Wetli

Thefts and burglaries are up across the city, largely attributed to the state of the economy, and Beat 2031 has not been immune to this trend. Reporting to the approximately one dozen residents in attendance at last night’s CAPS meeting, Sgt. Jeffrey Sacks noted that while there’s very little violent crime within the beat (covering Read the Rest…

Center Square Burglary Stats by District

By Laura Pearson

Center Square Journal obtained statistics from the Chicago Police Department showing the total number of cleared burglaries (forcible entry) in Districts 17, 19, and 20—the three districts in our coverage area. The graph shows the number of burglary incidents for 2008, 2009, and through May of 2010 (representing the most recent statistics available for this Read the Rest…

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