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Friday, July 29, 2011

More on Boys Town crime

Posted By on 07.29.11 at 12:15 PM

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the brouhaha in Boys Town—where one man's crime wave is another's racial panic. I noted that reported crime, according to the Chicago Police Department, is down from what it was a decade ago. In this week's Windy City Times, Erica Demarest looks more closely at CPD numbers, which the department tracks in eight major categories like murder, assault and battery, theft, and arson. Highlights are after the jump.

* Except for a 2008 spike (which mirrored a citywide trend), crime in the 23rd District—which includes not just Boys Town but parts of Uptown and Lincoln Park—declined every year between 2006 and 2010.

* January-June 2010 vs. January-June 2011: down, but not really—there were literally two fewer incidents reported this year than last year.

* Burglary is up 11.7 percent from last year; motor vehicle theft rose, too.

* 23rd commander Kathleen Boehmer says that hers is the second-safest district in the city, with only a few more crimes reported so far this year than in the 20th, which includes Andersonville and Lincoln Square. The 23rd District accounts for just over 2 percent of crime reported in Chicago.

There's more here, including charts, graphs, and statistical breakdowns.

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