West Town crime: August-September 2013


West Town crime remains lower compared to last year, according to police figures. Arrests in the news included suspects in a Wicker Park shooting and a Ukrainian Village armed robbery.

The East Village Association analyzed statistics downloaded from the City of Chicago Data Portal and published on the Chicago Tribune Crime in Chicago website, comparing them to 2012 incidents.

August % change September % change YTD % change
Homicide 0 0 2 100% 7 17%
Sexual assault 4 100% 1 0% 21 11%
Assault 7 -42% 3 -67% 56 -28%
Battery 15 -17% 12 0% 98 -9%
Robbery 31 35% 21 -46% 238 -20%
Violent crime 57 4% 39 -37% 420 -17%
Burglary 79 -5% 65 -28% 579 -6%
Theft 256 -11% 245 -11% 1,911 -15%
Auto theft 54 15% 52 -20% 420 -13%
Arson 2 100% 0 -100% 7 17%
Property crime 391 -7% 362 -16% 2,917 -13%
Criminal damage 83 -14% 90 10% 655 -25%
Prostitution 0 -100% 1 -50% 6 -45%
Narcotics 25 -11% 29 -9% 237 -41%
Lifestyle crime 108 -14% 120 3% 898 -30%
Total 556 -7% 521 -15% 4,235 -18%

2 comments:

  1. Probably the best number to look at there is auto theft. It's too noisy to look for significant small percentage changes in numbers smaller than 50, and petty property crime numbers can be affected by reporting and paperwork biases. But every stolen car is recorded accurately. 20% is a huge YoY drop.

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  2. Good news and nice analysis. I found the city of Chicago's maps to be too cluttered with crime people are less concerned about and to cover too short of a time period. I downloaded their data and created a map of aggravated assault and battery: http://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=607905&x=-87.672863&y=41.897050&z=3 and also murders: http://bit.ly/16au81Y

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