East Village marked 417 violent crimes and 1,186 property crimes in the less than two years since 2013, according to an EVA analysis of Chicago Police statistics. Half took place on a sidewalk, street or alley; fewer than a quarter in an apartment or residence.
Two out of five violent crimes were reported on the four main streets: 18% on Ashland Avenue, 12% each on Milwaukee and Chicago avenues, and 10% on Division Street. Violent crimes include homicide, criminal sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault or battery.
Property crimes (burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson) hit closer to home. Among 1,186 property crimes, 39% were in a home or apartment building, garage or yard. Streets and sidewalk accounted for 38%; 11% were on CTA trains, buses, platforms or bus stops.
Through Nov. 17, fewer crimes have been reported this year than at this time last year. Violent crime's down 11% in this tally; property crimes are 10% and lower lifestyle crimes (including criminal damage to property, narcotics and prostitution) were cut 3%.
Zoom in on the map to see crime near you, and click for case details. If you cannot see the map, click here. Maps use Chicago Police location markers; actual addresses aren't disclosed, and the markers are meant to be approximate.
For an animation showing East Village crime patterns over time, click here. At year-end we'll take a longer look. This count may not be complete.
The map's based on cases the city assigns to current CAPS beats 1212 and 1213, downloaded from the city data portal. We've added our own filter by East Village street boundaries, Division to Chicago and Damen to Milwaukee.
Chicago Police give these holiday safety tips:
- Walk confidently, with your head up, and stay in well-lighted and well-traveled areas. Pay attention to people walking in front of and behind you. Be alert in crowded areas for thieves and pickpockets.
- Park your car in a well-lighted area as close to your destination as possible. Store packages in the trunk.
- When you're away, leave some lights on at home. Before longer trips, alert a neighbor to watch your house and check for package deliveries.
For a current look of West Town crime using the city's map, click here.