Chittenden Park; Patrol Beats 80 and 81 Neighborhood Watch Meeting - 5/24/12

Chittenden Park; Patrol Beats 80 and 81

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The neighborhoods surrounding Chittenden Park (beats 80 and 81) had their most recent Neighborhood Watch meeting on 05/24/12. The meeting was facilitated by Crime Prevention Technician Tom Agos. Officer Tom Woodruff also attended. The audio recording is attached and below is a brief summary:

Chief Kevin Woodside introduced himself to the group and shared his thoughts on the importance of neighborhood watch and our partnership with residents. Patricia Fix; Chief of the Felony Trial Division of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office gave a presentation on the criminal prosecution process.

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The neighborhoods focused on are within the bounds of police sub-beats 80 and 81. 1,169 police calls for service were responded to in those beats during 2011. Historically, the average is 918. Through April 30th 2012, 425 police calls for service have been responded to in these beats.

86 (roughly 7.3%) of the calls received from the neighborhoods in 2011 were for IUCR crimes. The crimes include those occurring in business and residential areas of beat 81, and residential areas of beat 80. 68 were reported in 2010. The rest of the police calls are considered quasi-criminal, traffic, and service-related.

A review of IUCR crimes reported during the past 12 months show property crime remain the predominant crimes in the neighborhoods. There were 3 residential burglaries reported in 2011 and 6 in 2010. Since January 2006, 5,504 calls for service have been responded to in the sub-beats; 437 of them crimes.

Crimes and calls for service that speak to quality of life issues in residential neighborhoods have remained relatively stable for the past 6 years, as has the total number of actual crimes being reported each year. The highest number of crimes (86) were reported in 2011. The lowest (65) in 2006. The six-year average is 72 per year.

The next regularly scheduled neighborhood watch meeting for the area is currently slated for a November 2012 date at the Gurnee police station. An official notice will be circulated when the date is closer.