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‘We’re All Very Concerned:’ North Side Residents Meet with CPD Following a Series of Violent Crimes

Residents and business owners in Chicago’s 19th district will have the opportunity to directly address police this week through a series of community talks, following a spate of recent violent crimes ranging from carjackings to armed robberies to abductions.

Saying “We’re All Very Worried” A Group Of North Side Residents Get Together To Discuss the Recent Crime Wave With Chicago Police

“Like everybody in the neighborhood, I’ve been watching what’s been going on with public safety,” said State Rep. Ann Williams at one such event on Tuesday. “We’re all quite anxious.” The virtual and in-person meetings, termed “Conversations With a Commander” by police, are designed to gather public input to assist establish a strategic plan for public safety for the coming year.

Robberies in the district, which includes sections of Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and Wrigleyville, are up 48% over last year, according to police data. Overall, crime in the district has increased by 66%. Earlier this year, a 23-year-old man wandering in Lincoln Park late at night was shot at close range during an armed robbery. A doorbell camera captured the moment a lady was forcefully robbed while strolling down a Lakeview street last month.

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And, just last week, investigators say at least five people near Wrigley Field were forced into automobiles at gunpoint before being robbed of their valuables. The gunmen responsible are still being sought by Chicago police. “I think people always want to believe that law enforcement is capable of doing its job properly, expeditiously, and effectively solving these crimes,” said Williams, who is running for reelection.

Ad. Tom Tunney, whose 44th Ward encompasses numerous North Side neighborhoods, stated in his newsletter this week that he has repeatedly urged that Chicago police enhance patrols in the area. “These recent incidents highlight the need for more police coverage in our entertainment areas along Clark and Halsted,” said Tunney, who is also considering a mayoral candidacy.

“I called CPD headquarters and restated my previous request that they boost the number of police officers assigned to the 19th District. In the short term, I told them they needed to send officers to our area for Halloween.”

We're All Very Concerned' North Side Residents Meet with CPD Following a Series of Violent Crimes

Chicago police would not confirm whether more patrols have been added, but said the department assesses and adjusts resources on a regular basis to ensure enough staffing. This week, CPD will host two more “Conversations With a Commander” sessions for residents and business owners. The first will take place virtually from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, and the second will take place in person on Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m. at the 19th district police station, situated at 850 West Addison.

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