Thursday, May 6, 2010

The quick re-cap of last night's crime meeting.

I went to Aldermna's Lyle's 6th ward crime meeting at St. Mark's United Methodist church Wednesday night. Here's a quick summary of what happened. (More details later, but feel free to comment if you were there...)

The whole church sancturay was filled, from the main pews to the balcony, to even the choir section, with still many standing on the sides or in overflow. i am not sure the actual number, but it must have been several hundred people in attendance.

Commanders of the 4 districts (and one sargent) that serve our ward (3rd, 5th, 6th & 7th) explained some of the specific activities they do and incidents going on.

There was an explanation of prioritization of 911 calls.

One theme that came out of this portion was that the citizens (that's you and me) have to participate by calling th epolice if you see something suspicious. Just dimissing something will just worsen the problem.
More details on this meeting are forthcoming.

At the end of the evening, there was a panel called "Keeping it Real", which featured 9 convicts on work release who were nearing the end of their time. They were all convicted of burglary (mostly house, but a couple for theft form an auto), and were there to share their "trade secrets."

The super quick highlights:

"Nosy neighbors" (who look out the window, who talk to people on the block) were the greatest deterrents for would-be burglars, box fans & air conditioners in the windows and valuable items in view inside a car were the greatest attractors, and relationships with God and loved ones (like children, spouses) are the greatest motivators for burglars to stop.

i hope to write up a more detailed article and submit it to places such as Streetwise.

Ironically, while this meeting was happening just 4 blocks away, 2 youth were shot.

Chicago breaking news has the story...
Two teenagers were shot Wednesday night as they walked in an alley in the Chatham community on the South Side, according to Chicago police.

The victims, a 15-year-old boy and an 18-year-old woman, were shot just before 7 p.m. in the 800 block of East 82nd Street, said Officer John Mirabelli, a police spokesman.

The two were walking in an alley at that location when they were attacked, Mirabelli said.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the updates, I share them with some of the elderly in neighborhood who can't get to meetings.


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