University Park; patrol beat 95 Neighborhood Watch Meeting - 5/31/12

University Park; patrol beat 95

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The neighborhoods surrounding University Park (beat 95) had their most recent Neighborhood Watch meeting on 05/31/12. The meeting was facilitated by Crime Prevention Technician Tom Agos. Mayor Kovarik was present, along with Officers Jim Lazaro, Dan Pacheco, and Commander Willie Meyer. An 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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358 police calls for service were responded to in the neighborhood during 2011. Historically, the average is 404. During 2012 (through April 30th) 80 police calls for service and 7 UCR crimes have been responded to so far.

17 (roughly 5%) of the calls received from the neighborhood in 2011 were for IUCR crimes. 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 auto burglaries and 2 criminal damage to property reports. There was 1 residential burglary reported in 2011 and 3 in 2010. Since January 2006, 2,425 calls for service have been responded to in the sub-beat; 189 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 (42) were reported in 2008. The lowest (17) in 2011. The six-year average stands at 32 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.