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Added Mar 17 2017

This is a screen shot of a police officers computer. The image shows all the patrol officers beats in the district. The areas where it says "down car" means there is no beat officers. Do you feel safe? Or that your thousands of dollars of property tax, bag tax, city sticker, red light camera, speed camera...etc. are being spent for your safety? This is a link to secondcityblog..

  • this is the song that goes thru my mind as I think about this

  • Yeah, actually, I do feel relatively safe.

  • Dan G Scratch and win

    I feel relatively safe .. not because of the police.

  • Superman

    I feel safe because my cousins Smith and Wesson are with me

  • SCC Northwest sider my whole life.

    So you're saying that all those neighborhoods on the south and west sides with tons of cops must be really, really safe?

  • "this is the song that goes thru my mind as I think about this"

    Down car because Car 54 was retro fitted into the Munster Wagon.

  • I do think more of a "police presence" in the neighborhood would be nice. I seldom see a police patrol day or night. I used to see them all the time. Now I haven't seen anything in the area since last summer. Suspect the force is very short on patrols. Yes I think it would be nice to actually see a squad car on occasion.

  • 16th police district is huge and includes O'hare. They are spread thin I'm sure with most being by the airport. This is speculation, of course. Hopefully some more get assigned as new officers are hired and reassignment occurs. Here's a of download of the map if anyone is interested:

  • bellyer Information Security Geek, Beer Lover & Homebrewer

    I do feel safe for the most part. I work from home and see police drive through my alley and down my street at least once a day and I see them multiple times in the neighborhood while driving my son to/from school. While I am former law enforcement and know that the police are necessary for enforcing the laws, the safety of a particular neighborhood comes down to the people who live in the neighborhood and decide to either report crimes they see or suspicious activity or to just let it slide and expect that the police can be everywhere and somehow know how to stop crimes before they happen. Sure, a larger police presence would be great, but having a community that pays attention and cares enough to take an active role in stopping and preventing crime matters more as far as I can tell.

  • Well, I am glad someone sees them. I am at Laramie and Sunnyside. Used to see them about 3pm every day, change of shifts. I haven't seen ANY squad cars since July 2016? So, don't know. My block used to be the shortcut to the station during change of shifts. I do WATCH for them, but do not see them.

  • bellyer Information Security Geek, Beer Lover & Homebrewer

    Cheryl, oddly, I am at Agatite and Linder on the North side with a view of Sunnyside and see cops along there all the time, often having stopped people. I see them around the corner of Sunnyside and Long frequently.

    Not sure how they skip over Sunnyside and Linder.

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  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I never see them

  • CJC Homeowner since 2000

    Superman, my cousins are Sig and Sauer. I also enjoy spending time with my buddies Colt and Remington. Occasionally my Uncle Ruger and I hang out as well. And yes, I also have cousins named Smith and Wesson. God Bless America!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I know the area is getting worst you must protect yourself

  • steven 60706 resident

    You posted this before. If I stand behind my garage and spit it lands in the 16th district. I've had my garage in Norridge broken into twice. Never had anything broken into or stolen at my 60630 or 60656 properties

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I had a house in 60630, the house broken into and the garage three times in a period of 8 years,. I don't have that problem anymore but many break ins in area. I had locks on gates and reinforced jambs on doors with good deadbolts not homedepot garbage also two dogs.Many of my neighbors had cars garages and homes broken into even while at home.

  • I understand that there is a shortage of police officers at the 16th District but that's not their fault you have to put the where it co

  • I understand there's a shortage of police officers in the 16th District but it's not their fault it's the fault of our mayor in our alderman they are not doing enough to hire more police officers they took the officers out of northwest side and put them all on the south and west side

  • Craig E. Friend of Chicago

    Amen to you CJC you have the right idea.

  • The New Guy Local Weirdo

    I feel safe because I have my friend Daniel with me. Daniel Defense that is.

  • CJC Homeowner since 2000

    In related news, there has been an increase in shootings in the Belmont-Craigin area, including 2 thugs who were shot near Central and Roscoe. Too close for comfort. Also, police released crime stats that show shootings have decreased in the 3 highest crime areas, but as a city shootings are ahead of last year. That means shootings are occurring more frequently in areas like ours.

  • As another EB neighbor posted elsewhere "both guys shot in the knees. Seems like 'a warning'." Perhaps a targeted hit with no collateral damage at least. ... Not that gunfire in the neighborhood is welcome.

  • Deutsch portage36

    I heard you get shot in the knees/legs, as punishment for leaving a gang.

  • If only that was the reward for joining a gang. :o

  • Those cops are all assigned to TV & movie production, instead of protecting tax paying citizens. You know, that TV and movie production that supposedly brings in "million$" but never makes it into the city coffers?

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    I saw some cops finally, at Irving and Austin

  • Deutsch portage36

    In the past few weeks, I have been seeing cops everywhere. They are on irving park all day and night, they are parked on side streets like lockwood and long. Down Milwaukee ave as well. I think they got they got the message. Not sure how long this will last, but I like it so far.

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    Last night, 3 black males robbed a guy at gunpoint on Central and Grace.

    Are the newbies to the area still feeling safe?

  • Too bad the victim wasn't an off-duty police officer. Isn't that near a bus stop? Bus stops make ppl easy marks. What time of night?

  • Weebis SWCC Vet. (Ret.)

    NW-Sider, It was after 8pm. The 3 perps got away with a wallet containing 0 USC. They were last seen running south through the alley and gangways.

    I don't believe anyone was in custody.

    Like I always recommend on this site, get a police scanner or download one at, and get an authentic feel for the amount of "index" crimes​ that occur in both 017 & 016. It's a whole lot more than the Commander of 016, naive residents, and local politicians claim.

    Yeah, CCL is also recommended too.

  • Yay for the twits getting ziltch for their efforts!

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    The cops on lockwood are sleepers .

  • PortageRules Love Portage Park!

    Any description of the 3 suspects? That's my bus stop and was dropped off at about 8:00ish last night. It must have happened minutes after I started walking home. This is the 2nd mugging at that stop that I've heard of. I may have to rethink my bus route. F'ing punks.

  • Can someone post the article, please? Thank you

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